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“This was not because of some made-up, some contrived, some constructed mental defect. It’s simple,” Mr. James said. “Hemy Neuman killed Rusty Sneiderman because he wanted his wife, he wanted his money, he wanted his life. Period.”

Mrs. Sneiderman repeatedly denied allegations she was having an affair with Neuman. She testified that Neuman weaseled his way into her life and attacked her husband after she refused many advances and that she didn’t air her suspicions that Neuman killed her husband because it sounded unbelievable.

“Seems kind of ridiculous, right?” she said. “The theory that my boss could kill my husband, it seemed kind of stupid at the time.”

Days after she testified for prosecutors, she was barred from the courtroom for being disruptive and improperly engaging a witness despite being told not to do so.

Mrs. Sneiderman was hired in early 2010, and she and Neuman hit it off, exchanging 1,500 phone calls and text messages in the months leading up to the killing. On work trips, they would share long dinners and intimate moments, including sex, according to attorneys.

Neuman didn’t testify, but jurors heard him through hours of video recordings of interviews with investigators and mental health experts. In one interview, Neuman was asked if he thinks he’s the biological father of Sneiderman’s two children.

“I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know,” he said. “I feel like these are my children. I feel like I need to be there for them. I feel like I need to raise them and I need to protect them. But I don’t know.”

Neuman’s attorneys tried to portray their client as a brilliant but troubled child who was constantly in fear of his father, a Holocaust survivor wracked with guilt because he was able to escape the death chambers at Auschwitz while many relatives died.

Born in Mexico, Neuman was sent to a boarding school in Israel and still suffers from fear of being abandoned, his attorneys said. He later landed the GE job that allowed him to buy a pricey home in an upscale Atlanta suburb.

Neuman first tried to kill his rival on Nov. 10, 2010, when he camped outside Sneiderman’s house with a gun he recently purchased and waited to attack, prosecutors said. But he bolted after Russell Sneiderman noticed an intruder on his property and called police.

Eight days later, prosecutors said, Neuman arrived at his office much earlier than usual — at 5:36 a.m. — then sneaked out a back door to avoid security cameras and to give himself an alibi.

Days later, Neuman went to Russell Sneiderman’s funeral and even visited Mrs. Sneiderman’s house for a Jewish mourning ceremony, prosecutors said.