State prosecutors played video clips of Hemy Neuman talking about the murder of Rusty Sneiderman during Neuman’s trial March 8.
In the recording, Neuman talks with Pamela Crawford, a forensic psychiatrist called as an expert witness by the prosecution.
Neuman said “Rusty needed to die” and told Crawford he approached killing Sneiderman like he approached other projects — by planning and thinking about ways to reach the desired outcome.
“Once a plan is in place, it’s going to happen,” Neuman said in the video.
Psychiatrists called by the defense have testified that Neuman is bipolar and suffers from delusions and psychosis.
Crawford disagreed, saying people exhibiting manic behavior are typically impulsive and don’t plan things out.
“Being able to plan and make decisions so rationally … that is not consistent,” with manic behavior, Crawford said.
Crawford said she thinks there’s no evidence he didn’t know right from wrong and that he can be held criminally responsible for the murder.
Neuman is on trial for the 2010 slaying of Sneiderman, who was shot Nov. 18, 2010, moments after he dropped his child off at a Dunwoody day-care facility. Neuman has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, meaning he admits to the murder but says he was insane at the time and unable to tell the difference between right and wrong.