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Bond set for widow charged in husband's killing

In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 photo provided by the DeKalb County (Ga.)Sheriff, Andrea Sneiderman is shown. Sneiderman was charged Thursday with malice murder, perjury and other charges in the November 2010 slaying of her husband, Rusty. He was killed after dropping off their child at preschool. (AP Photo/DeKalb County Sheriff)

In this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 photo provided by the DeKalb County (Ga.)Sheriff, Andrea Sneiderman is shown. Sneiderman was charged Thursday with malice murder, perjury and other charges in the November 2010 slaying of her husband, Rusty. He was killed after dropping off their child at preschool. (AP Photo/DeKalb County Sheriff)

DECATUR — A judge set a $500,000 bond Tuesday for the woman who is charged in her husband's slaying outside a suburban Atlanta preschool.

The decision by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams was announced after a nearly three-hour hearing in which attorneys for Andrea Sneiderman argued she was not a flight risk and would follow instructions not to contact witnesses.

Sneiderman was indicted Aug. 2 on charges of malice murder and criminal attempt to commit murder in the killing of her husband, Rusty Sneiderman.

Prosecutors allege Andrea Sneiderman was having an affair with the gunman, Hemy Neuman, who was also her boss, and conspired with him to kill her husband in part to collect $2 million in life insurance policies.

She has denied an affair and denied knowing anything about the shooting. Neuman was convicted earlier this year and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

In announcing bond, the judge ordered Sneiderman to be placed under house arrest, to surrender her passport and the passports of her young children and to wear a monitoring device. The judge also ordered Sneiderman not to have any contact with any potential witness in the case.

Sneiderman smiled when the judge announced his decision and later hugged her attorneys before leaving the courtroom to head back to jail. It was not immediately known when she might post the bond.

Earlier, a prosecutor had argued against bond, saying Sneiderman faced serious charges that could carry a potential sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole if she is convicted.