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Reiser Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder

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Linux programmer Hans Reiser was found guilty this afternoon of the first-degree murder of his estranged wife Nina, who went missing after dropping their two small children with their father on Labor Day weekend 2006. 

Reiser, who’s been in jail since October of 2006, is now looking at a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison. 

Nina’s body has never been found and the circumstantial case against the Reiser FS filesystem creator was based largely on his own incriminating behavior after she disappeared and his own 11-days worth of testimony during the five-and-a-half-month trial. 

The police found minute traces of blood at his home and on a blood-stained sleeping bag in his car. By the time the hidden little Honda CRX was found Reiser had junked the passenger seat and hosed down the interior leaving an inch of water on the floor. 

The cops found two books on murder investigations that Reiser had just bought in the car. 

His little son also testified that Reiser removed what the boy assumed was Nina’s covered body from the house. 

The jury started deliberating last Tuesday afternoon and stopped for a long weekend Thursday, resuming today.

 

 

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