Phone records discussed in Reiser's trial

February 7, 2008 1:08:28 PM PST
The prosecutor in the trial of Hans Reiser is presenting voluminous cell phone records to try to bolster his theory that Reiser murdered his estranged wife Nina, who disappeared on Sept. 3, 2006.

A custodian of records for AT&T Mobility testified today about Hans Reiser's cell phone records and a custodian for Verizon Wireless testified about the cell phone records of Nina, who was 31 when she was last seen alive when she dropped off the couple's two children at his home at 6979 Exeter Drive in the Oakland hills.

Her body has never been found, despite extensive searches in the Oakland hills and elsewhere, but Hans Reiser was charged with murdering her because prosecutors believe that DNA and blood evidence proves that he killed her.

Michael Caniglia said Hans Reiser's cell phone wasn't used between Sept. 1, 2006, and 5:02 p.m. on Sept. 5, 2006, when his voice mail was checked.

Caniglia said that two minutes later, at 5:04 p.m. on Sept. 5, an 8-second phone call was made on Hans Reiser's cell phone to Nina's cell phone.

In his opening statement in Hans Reiser's trial in early November, prosecutor Paul Hora that Reiser's cell phone battery was detached when police detained him several weeks after Nina disappeared.

Hora also said that Nina's cell phone battery also was detached when police found the phone in her abandoned car.

Hans and Nina Reiser married in 1999 but Nina filed for divorce and separated from him in 2004. They were in the midst of an acrimonious divorce and a battle over the custody of their two children when she disappeared.

Hans Reiser has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. His attorney, William DuBois, has said he thinks Nina Reiser may still be alive and be in hiding in Russia, where she was raised and where she was trained as a physician.