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Ga. suspect's wife doubts husband's insanity claimWife of Ga. murder suspect says husband is faking insanity claim in killing outside daycare
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) ' The wife of the corporate engineer who claims he was insane when he killed a toddler's father outside a Georgia preschool said Thursday she believes her husband is faking a mental illness to avoid a lengthy prison sentence.
As the jury deliberated Hemy Neuman's fate, his wife Ariela said in an interview she doesn't buy her husband's claim that he couldn't tell the difference between right and wrong when he gunned down Russell Sneiderman in November 2010.
Hemy Neuman is charged with murder. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
"I don't believe he's insane. He was never, ever insane," Ariela Neuman said. "He just wants his way and nothing will stop him."
Sneiderman was shot to death outside a Dunwoody, Ga., preschool on Nov. 18, 2010 after he dropped off his 2-year-old son.
Much of the monthlong trial focused on Hemy Neuman's relationship with Sneiderman's wife Andrea, whom he supervised at General Electric. Prosecutors and defense attorneys said they were having an affair, though Andrea Sneiderman has denied the allegations.
The Neumans have been married for 22 years and have three adult children. They are now separated, and Ariela Neuman has hired an attorney to file for a divorce once a verdict is reached. She didn't testify at trial but her attorney said she would have if she was subpoenaed.
"He had everything and he blew it up," said Ariela Neuman, who believes her husband was cheating on her with Andrea Sneiderman. "I built a wonderful life with him and we had three wonderful kids. I built him to what he was. She destroyed him in a second."
Hemy Neuman could face life in prison without parole if a jury finds him guilty of murder. He would become a ward of the state mental health department if he's found not guilty by reason of insanity. Jurors could also find him guilty but mentally ill. If that happens, he would go to prison but would get mental health treatment.
Hemy Neuman's attorneys told the jury there was no doubt their client gunned down Sneiderman. But they said Sneiderman's wife Andrea fed Neuman's dangerous delusions by encouraging him to believe he needed to kill her husband to protect her two children.
DeKalb District Attorney Robert James said Andrea Sneiderman may have worked with Neuman to cover-up her husband's death, and he suggested she was a "co-conspirator" in the killing. Andrea Sneiderman has not been charged.
James urged the jurors to view the killing as a carefully calculated murder by an envious man who was determined to take what he couldn't have.
Ariela Neuman said she works three different jobs to support herself and put her children through college. She said she and her kids refuse to visit Hemy Neuman in prison, and that she hopes her husband goes to prison.
"He wants to pretend he's sick," she said. "It's part of his game."
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