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Sneiderman freed from jail after posting bond

DECATUR (AP) -- The widow charged in her husband's slaying outside a suburban Atlanta preschool has been released from jail after posting bond, authorities said.

Andrea Sneiderman met the conditions of the $500,000 bond late Thursday morning, and was released from the DeKalb County Jail shortly after noon Thursday.

On Tuesday, DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams set the bond after Sneiderman's attorneys said she wasn't 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 Nov. 18, 2010, killing of her husband, Russell "Rusty" Sneiderman. He was gunned down shortly after dropping off the couple's son at the preschool.

Sneiderman maintains that she is innocent, and denied knowing anything about the shooting. Her lawyer Tom Clegg said they expect she will be exonerated at trial.

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.

Neuman was convicted earlier this year and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The judge ordered Sneiderman to live with her parents and 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.

Prosecutor Don Geary 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. Geary said the serious charges against her give her an incentive to flee and that she has the financial means to do so.