The three counts, which will no longer be part of Sneiderman’s upcoming trial are – malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.
During his statement on the reasons for the change, James said as a prosecutor he had some concerns and said he believed it to be unjust and unethical to go forward with the charges in lieu of recently received evidence by Sneiderman’s defense team.
Sneiderman’s attorney Thomas S. Clegg, agreed that it was the appropriate motion to make in this case, but added that he felt the district attorney’s office “knew all along they didn’t have a murder case.”
Sneiderman still faces 13 charges alleging she made false statements on the witness stand in regards to her relationship with Hemy Neuman.
Jury selection will begin Monday, with 283 citizens having filled out questionnaires regarding the upcoming trial. Clegg entered a motion for continuance of the trial with a minimum of six months on up to a year delay because of the heightened media attention regarding the case.
“I am dumbstruck by the attention this case has gotten,” said Clegg. “She [Sneiderman] wants a fair trial, and she’s entitled to a fair trial. I don’t see how she can get a fair trial in the atmosphere we find ourselves in.”
Adams denied the request for a continuance and said if out of the 283 citizens who filled out questionnaires, they cannot find a confident jury then they will continue to question jurors until they get a competent panel.
Adams also allowed the motion for testimony from Melanie White, a friend of the convicted Neuman, to be allowed during Sneiderman’s trial. The district attorney’s office said White’s testimony will introduce statements made by Neuman to White regarding his relationship with Sneiderman. The district attorney’s office alleges White was a close confidant of Neuman, who was told about personal marriage and financial troubles Neuman was facing.
Clegg also entered a motion for a bond modification to possibly release Sneiderman from wearing her ankle monitor, to allow her to have contact with close friends and family who might be potential witnesses and to allow Sneiderman to sign a $10,000 signature loan.
Anna Green Cross, deputy chief assistant district attorney, said the office agreed to the bond modification, but said the state objected to Sneiderman having contact with potential witnesses in the case.
Adams did not make a ruling regarding that motion and said he will continue to think about it. He added this issue has no bearing on them proceeding with going to trial.