ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Defense attorneys for a man who claims he was insane when he gunned down a toddler’s father outside a suburban Atlanta day care center say their client didn’t know the difference between right and wrong during the killing.

Attorney Bob Rubin said in his closing arguments Tuesday that Hemy Neuman “thought he was doing the right thing” when he shot and killed Russell Sneiderman in November 2010 outside the preschool in Dunwoody.

He says it’s “inhumane to convict someone of a crime when they cannot even appreciate the wrongfulness of the act.”

Prosecutors will deliver their arguments later Tuesday. They say Neuman carefully plotted the killing and that he showed no signs of mental distress before the killing.

He could face life in prison without parole if he’s convicted.


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