While the story hasn't gotten the attention here in La Crosse that it has elsewhere, the unusual story of a woman, her alleged boyfriend and her dead husband has made more than its share of headlines. The reputed boyfriend was recently convicted of the husband's November 2010 murder.
Now the widow faces a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her brother-in-law, charging that she "utilized her illicit relationship with her co-conspirator [the alleged boyfriend] to manipulate and influence him to murder."
The 35-year-old mother of two denies the allegations in the litigation.
One of her attorneys said they "forward to vigorously representing her in a court of law where, for the first time, she will have the opportunity to tell her side of the story."
During the murder trial, the woman denied being romantically linked to the man convicted of killing her husband. However, many observers felt she did herself more harm than good with the testimony, considering the evidence indicating that there was indeed a romantic relationship.
She also testified at the trial that she didn't learn of the shooting of her husband until she arrived at a hospital. But her former best friend and father-in-law both testified that she'd called them before her arrival at the hospital to tell them of the shooting.
The wrongful death lawsuit accuses her of knowing that the man alleged to be her boyfriend "intended to kill" her husband and that she "participated in the murder and the planning of the murder."
The alleged boyfriend has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Andrea Sneiderman slapped with wrongful death lawsuit," May 18, 2012