Reiser Trial Assigned To Experienced Judge
Jun. 10 -- The trial of computer programmer Hans Reiser on charges that he murdered his wife Nina Reiser was assigned today to a veteran judge who has presided over a number of murder and death penalty cases.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Larry Goodman most recently presided over the trial of Alex DeMolle, an Oakland man who was convicted of murdering and raping an 11-year-old girl nearly eight years ago.
On May 3, jurors recommended the death penalty for DeMolle, who is scheduled to be formally sentenced on Sept. 6.
Nina Reiser, 31, was last seen about 2 p.m. on Sept. 3 when she dropped off the couple's two children at Hans Reiser's home in the 6900 block of Exeter Drive in Oakland. Hans Reiser and Nina Reiser married in 1999 but separated in May of 2004. They were undergoing contentious divorce proceedings at the time she disappeared but the divorce wasn't finalized. Nina Reiser was awarded custody of the couple's 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter but Hans Reiser was allowed to have the children one weeknight a week and every other weekend. Nina Reiser's body hasn't been found, but in October Hans Reiser was charged with murdering her after Oakland police said they found biological and trace evidence suggesting that she is dead as well as blood evidence tying him to her death.
On March 9, at the end of a lengthy preliminary hearing, Judge Julie Conger ruled that there's sufficient evidence for Reiser to stand trial on charges that he murdered Nina Reiser, who was trained as a physician in her native Russia.
Prosecutor Paul Hora and defense attorney William DuBois are meeting with Goodman in his chambers today to go over the schedule of the trial for Hans Reiser, who remains in custody without bail.
Hora said on Friday that it may be at least several weeks before testimony begins in Reiser's trial because a number of pretrial motions must be addressed.
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