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Andrea Sneiderman shows first sign of emotion during trial

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DECATUR, Ga. -- The prosecution began presenting witnesses during day one of testimony in the Andrea Sniderman perjury trial.

Lawyers on both sides made opening statements Monday morning and then witnesses started taking the stand. Prosecutors called five witnesses on opening day, trying to show a relationship between Sneiderman and Hemy Neuman.

One witness was a bartender that saw Sneiderman and Neuman on one of their out of town business trips. The witness said they were "grinding... their bodies together..." while dancing, and then kissed.

One of the big events came during opening statements when Andrea Sneiderman broke down in tears and hugged a man in the courtroom for several minutes.

During its opening, the prosecution said "other than the shooter, there was one other person who knew why the shooter wanted Rusty dead."

The Assistant District Attorney said "she kept the police from figuring out who shot her husband in cold blood outside her son's daycare".

Prosecutors also said the jury will get evidence of email, phone records, travel docs, witness testimony, and video clips from Hemy Neuman's trial.

The defense told jurors there is no evidence Sneiderman did anything wrong. Her layer said "make no mistake, folks, no matter what state will try to infer, Rusty was the love of her life. They were inseparable."

As her defense team started talking about what would have been her 10th Anniversary, Sneiderman got emotional and started to cry.

Before the jurors were brought in the judge ruled expert witnesses would not be allowed in court during testimony as the defense wanted. Lawyers said it would speed up the trial.

The judge also ruled family members for both sides are allowed in court during opening statements, but not other testimony because they may take the stand.

The 37-year-old widow faces charges of perjury, making false statements, hindering the apprehension of a criminal and concealing material facts in connection with her husband's murder.

Rusty Sneiderman was gunned down after dropping off one of the couple's two children at a Dunwoody day care in November of 2010.

Andrea Sneiderman's former boss, Hemy Neuman, was found guilty of murder but mentally ill after his trial in March of 2012.

During that trial, prosecutors openly accused Andrea Sneiderman of having an affair with Neuman and somehow convincing him to kill her husband, which she denied.

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