"Thank you for making time to get together for lunch today. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can see why Andrea is enjoying working with you."
--e-mail from Rusty Sneiderman to Hemy Neuman, August 12, 2010
In the summer of 2010, Russell "Rusty" Sneiderman agreed to help his wife Andrea's boss look for a new job.
After Rusty Sneiderman met Hemy Neuman for the first time on August 12, 2010, he forwarded Neuman's resume to some friends.
"My friend, Hemy Neuman, is currently an executive with General Electric Energy and he is interested in learning more about future career options with growing private equity backed companies," Sneiderman wrote about a week later in an e-mail obtained by In Session.
It was around this same time, according to Neuman, that an angel appeared to him and told him Rusty Sneiderman must die.
Today, nearly three years after the two men met, Hemy Neuman is serving life in prison for Rusty's murder and Andrea Sneiderman, 37, is preparing to stand trial for allegedly being a party to the crime.
The man in the backyard
On the morning of November 10, 2010, Rusty Sneiderman smelled gas in his Atlanta home and went outside to check for a leak. When he found a suspicious person in his yard, he dialed 911.
"There's a man who was sleeping in my backyard. He's running. I think he has a gun in his back pocket and now he's running away," Sneiderman told a dispatcher.
He described the man as Hispanic, with a mustache, a hat and earmuffs. He had no idea that the man was Hemy Neuman.
Neuman would later tell police that he intended to kill Sneiderman that day -- he had purchased a gun and a disguise beforehand -- but he fled when he was spotted.
One hour before Rusty saw Neuman, Andrea Sneiderman allegedly made two calls to Neuman's phone. Thirty minutes after he fled, prosecutors said, they spoke again.
Prosecutors have alleged that Andrea Sneiderman gave Neuman information about Rusty's schedule that day and information about a walking path near the house.
The two men's lives seemed to be on different trajectories. Rusty, a 36-year-old father of two -- Sophia and Ian -- was in the middle of launching a new startup company called Star Voicemail. He was a successful entrepreneur who served on the boards of several charities.
Neuman, in October of 2010, was 47 years old and deeply in debt despite his $170,000 salary at GE. On October 3, he had moved out of the house he shared with his wife of 22 years, Ariela, and their three children.
According to court documents, Neuman spent the second half of October shopping for a gun. In addition to buying the weapon, Neuman attended a gun safety course and practiced shooting at a firing range.
One week after the November 10 incident, Rusty Sneiderman was lying in the parking lot of Dunwoody Prep, bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds and gasping for air.
'This guy is bleeding to death out here'
It was a brazen crime.
Around 9:15 a.m. on November 18, 2010, in a busy parking lot outside the preschool and day care center with children in a playground less than 30 feet away, Rusty Sneiderman was shot four times.
The gunshots came just minutes after Sneiderman dropped his own 2-year-old son off at Dunwoody Prep.
Witnesses who heard the gunfire reported seeing a bearded man wearing a dark hoodie walk away from Rusty's body and flee the scene in a silver minivan.
"Somebody's been shot and killed out in front of Dunwoody Prep. The gentleman was driving a silver caravan-type car," one witness said in a 911 call. "He had a hat on and almost like a beard. ... This guy is bleeding to death out here."