After some pointed opening statements, the perjury trial against Andrea Sneiderman got underway on Monday.
Sneiderman is accused of lying about the 2010 murder of her husband, Rusty Sneiderman. He was gunned down outside a Dunwoody daycare.
Andrea Sneiderman's former boss, Hemy Neuman, is serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder last year.
Prosecutors say that Andrea Sneiderman lied about when she knew how her husband was killed. They also claimed that Ms. Sneiderman lied throughout the investigation of her husband's murder and Neuman's trial for killing him.
In opening statements, DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney Kellie Hill depicted a "forbidden romance" between Sneiderman and Neuman that "ended in murder."
The prosecution spoke for about 40 minutes, finishing just after 10 a.m. Monday. Reporting from day one of opening statements at the DeKalb County Courthouse, FOX 5 Atlanta's Portia Bruner said the prosecution told jurors that evidence will show that Ms. Sneiderman and Neuman shared dinner and hotel rooms on business trips.
They said they will prove that Sneiderman lied about when she knew how her husband, Rusty
Defense attorney Thomas Clegg told jurors that the state's case is based solely on speculation and hunches, with very little evidence.
"There is going to be nothing – nothing -- in this case that will satisfy your minds beyond a reasonable doubt that this woman has done anything to impede this investigation," Clegg said.
While it's unclear if Ms. Sneiderman will take the stand in her own defense, jurors heard some of Andrea's testimony from Neuman's trial last year. Prosecutors said that Ms. Sneiderman tried to cover up the nature of her relationship with Neuman.
In the testimony from that trial shown to jurors, Sneiderman denied kissing Neuman.
However, a former South Carolina bartender testified on Monday that she saw Sneiderman and Neuman kissing during an evening the two visited while they were on a business trip in Greenville, S.C. back in 2010.
The defense said that Sneiderman was the victim of a man who was obsessed with her and she went on the business trips because she had to.
Jurors in Andrea Sneiderman's trial were in place last Friday, after a four-day selection process.
The trial is expected to last up to three weeks, with both the prosecution and defense planning to call numerous witnesses.
Nine women and six men comprise the jury and alternates. All but three of the jurors are African-American.
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