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Opening Statements Begin in Dunwoody Daycare Shooting Trial

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The widow of a man slain while dropping off his son at a Dunwoody daycare testified Tuesday that she was not romantically involved with Hemy Neuman.

Neuman is accused of gunning down Andrea Sneiderman's husband Rusty in November 2010.

Andrea Sneiderman was the first witness called by the prosecution on Tuesday after the court returned from lunch. Neuman's estranged wife claims he was having an affair with Sneiderman's wife. Andrea Sneiderman denied those allegations on the stand. She said she shrugged off numerous romantic advances from Neuman – her boss – and did not report them because she feared losing her job.

“There was this email about ‘marry me, love me,’ which seemed just completely ridiculous,” said Sneiderman.

DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney Don Geary read emails from Neuman to Andrea, including one that included a line about the two of them waking up together in Tahoe and Denver.

“We were holding each other’s hands, and that’s it. It may sound worse than it is, but to me, that was a betrayal,” Andrea said.

Sneiderman said she continued to take business trips with Neuman because she felt obligated, even though she said the advances made her uncomfortable. She said she told Neuman to stop sending suggestive emails.

Opening statements were delivered Tuesday morning.

Both sides agree that Hemy Neuman was the trigger man in the case. What they will be debating is whether Neuman was sane at the time -- whether he could tell the difference between right and wrong. Defense attorneys cited Neuman's own delusions about his understanding of the relationship between him and the Sneiderman's children.

During opening statements, attorneys for Neuman say that Neuman had visions of being visited by a demon, sounding like Barry White and an angel appearing like Olivia Newton-John at the time of the murder.

It was also learned during that Neuman was making $180,000 a year while working at the General Electric office in Atlanta. He was also dealing with financial problems and martial problems. Neuman and the vicitm's wife, Andrea Sneiderman, worked together at the same office and did a lot of traveling together.

Neuman is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.

 The trial resumes on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

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