DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory A. Adams signed an order Wednesday, Oct. 5, resetting the trial of Hemy Neuman, who is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to killing Rusty Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody day care facility last fall, from October 17 to next February.
The order signed by the judge lists as the reason for the delay "so that all psychological evaluations in the case may be completed."
A court-appointed mental health expert - one independent of experts for the DeKalb District Attorney's office and the defense team - has not yet been able to examine Neuman, who has acknowledged shooting Sneiderman when he changed his plea from not guilty to not guilty by reason of insanity.
Judge Adams postponed the trial, which was originally scheduled to start October 17. It was not immediately clear as to whether the judge made the decision on his own or whether he was acting in response to a request from either the district attorney or defense team.
When defense attorney Doug Peters changed Neuman's plea last month, he said of the attack, "The issue is not what happened, but why it happened. " Peters said that claiming that Neuman's mental illness made him unable to differentiate between right and wrong at the time of the shooting.
If the defense is successful in getting a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, Neuman would become a ward of the state mental health system. A jury also could find Neuman guilty but mentally ill. In that case, Neuman would become a Georgia Department of Corrections inmate, where he would receive treatment for his mental sickness.
Neuman remains incarcerated in the DeKalb County jail, where he has been since he was arrested and charged January 6 with felony murder and also possession of a knife and firearm while in the act of committing a felony crime. It is expected he will remain in jail until his trial is completed and the verdict and sentence are rendered.