Filipino On Vietnamese Crime
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#1 Oct 1, 2012
By Bay City News Service
Giselle Esteban will go on trial on Monday on a murder charge based on prosecutors' allegation that she killed nursing student Michelle Le because she blamed Le for wrecking her relationship with her daughter's father.
Le, a 26-year-old San Mateo woman who was attending Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, disappeared from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward on May 27, 2011, and a highly-publicized search ensued for nearly four months until her decomposed body was found in a remote area between Pleasanton and Sunol on Sept. 17, 2011.
Esteban, a 28-year-old Union City woman who attended high school with Le in San Diego, was charged with Le's murder on Sept. 8, 2011,-- before Le's body was found -- based on DNA evidence and cellphone records.
Esteban's case came to trial more quickly than most murder cases because the Alameda County District Attorney's Office chose to bypass the step of having a preliminary hearing at which a judge determines if there is enough evidence against a defendant for a case to proceed to trial.
Instead, prosecutors presented their case to an Alameda County criminal grand jury and last Dec. 14 at the end of a three-day hearing the panel indicted her on a murder charge.
Prosecutor Butch Ford and defense attorney Andrea Auer declined to comment on the case before they present their opening statements on Monday.
According to the 470-page transcript of the grand jury's proceedings, the father of Esteban's first child, Scott Marasigan, first met Esteban and then dated Le briefly, although they didn't have a sexual relationship.
Marasigan later developed a more serious relationship with Esteban, ultimately having a daughter with her on Oct. 31, 2005, the panel's report said.
However, Marasigan later broke up with Esteban and was awarded full custody of their daughter in September 2010, according to the transcript.
Ford told the grand jury that Marasigan continued to be a non-romantic friend of Le but "Giselle did not want him to have a friendly relationship with Michelle in any form, shape or fashion."
Ford said, "Giselle would not leave the issue of Michelle aloneand wanted to control Scott, wanted to prevent him from having any sort of contact at all" with her.
#2 Oct 1, 2012
They should know better. smh
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