Andrea Sneiderman's love life has become the center of attention in a the wrongful death suit filed by her brother-in-law.
Steve Sneiderman filed the suit after his brother, Andrea's husband Rusty Sneiderman, was shot and killed by Andrea's alleged lover, Hemy Neuman. Now Steve's lawyer Esther Panitch has filed a motion seeking to compel Andrea to answer questions about Joseph Dell, her reported live-in boyfriend.
Andrea's attorney has fired back, claiming the case is "rife with false allegations designed to embarrass and harass" the Dunwoody widow, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Back in November 2010, Rusty Sneiderman was shot to death in front of a Dunwoody day care center. At Neuman's trial, prosecutors argued that Andrea had been having an affair and that the affair was the impetus for the murder.
After Neuman was convicted, Steve filed a civil suit against Andrea. He says he did so in order to protect the interests of his brother's children. After Rusty's death, Andrea reportedly received a multimillion-dollar life insurance settlement. Steve claims that he wants to make sure Rusty's children receive that money.
While wrongful death suits often involve negligence on the part of the defendant, they can be brought for intentional acts as well. Steve's suit hinges on whether he can show that Andrea was an architect of his brother's murder.
In order to do so, Steve's attorney has stressed Andrea's alleged infidelities as a motivation for her wanting her husband out of the way. Andrea's attorney Mark Trigg claims his client's relationship with Dell is irrelevant to the question of whether she played a role in her husband's death.
"The motion is a fishing expedition in search of support for a new fantastical theory of liability," Trigg wrote in his response, according to the AJC. He went on to claim Panitch had filed the motion to satisfy "her media audience with the preposterous idea that Mrs. Sneiderman not only manipulated Hemy Neuman to have her husband killed, but did so for the purpose of facilitating a relationship with Mr. Dell."
Andrea is currently on house arrest pending her criminal trial. Trial dates haven't yet been set in either the civil or criminal cases.
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