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Hemy Neuman's now ex-wife speaks for first time

4:52 PM, May 1, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Moments after her divorce from convicted killer Hemy Neuman was signed, the woman formerly known as Ariela Neuman spoke to 11Alive News.

She is now using her maiden name, Barkoni, and until now has never granted a televised interview.

The Israeli born mother of two talked about the drastic turn her life has taken since her husband's arrest and conviction.

"It's not easy but this is what I have to do and I have to continue to move on for my life and first of all for my kids' lives. We deserve it," said Barkoni.

Hemy Neuman was convicted in March for shooting and killing Rusty Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody Daycare.

Much of the evidence and testimony alleged an affair between Hemy Neuman and the victim's wife, Andrea Sneiderman. 

Because Barkoni was only estranged from Neuman, not divorced, she could not be called as a witness.

"She stayed married to him through the trial so she could not be compelled to testify for him as well as testify against him.  She was willing to testify against him," said Panitch.

Barkoni's attorney, Esther Panitch, has said it was her client who long suspected the affair and that she wanted nothing to do with the trial to spare her reputation and protect her children.

Andrea Sneiderman herself denied the affair when she testified at the murder trial, but prosecutors called her a liar and labeled her a co- conspirator in her husband's murder.
There is no word on whether the District Attorney will try to seek an indictiment against her.

Panitch made it clear that is what her client and she would like to see.

"While my client is happy that the divorce proceedings against Hemy Neuman have been resolved peacefully, we do not believe the investigation into the murder of Rusty Sneiderman is finished," Panitch said.

Hemy Neuman and Barkoni met in Israel, were married for years and have two children.

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