Reiser presents hard drives in court

April 2, 2008 3:08:01 PM PDT
Two hard drives that computer engineer Hans Reiser removed from one of his computers shortly after his estranged wife Nina disappeared on Sept. 3, 2006, were produced in court today by his attorney, William DuBois.

DuBois pulled the hard drives from a large envelope and gave them to Reiser to see if they fit into a computer that previously had been entered into evidence in his trial on charges that he murdered Nina, who had filed for divorce two years before she disappeared.

Reiser, 44, who's in his ninth day on the witness stand, at first struggled to fit the hard drives into the computer but eventually managed to get them inside.

He smiled and said, "Sorry, it's been a while."

Reiser said they appeared to be the hard drives that he previously testified that he gave to DuBois shortly after Nina disappeared, probably on Sept. 7, 2006.

When he was cross-examined by prosecutor Paul Hora on March 20, Reiser said he removed the hard drives from his computer because he didn't want Oakland police to have access to them.

But he said that since he had revealed in court that DuBois had the hard drives, he expected they would be turned over to Hora soon. However, Hora on March 20 asked in a thundering voice, "What good are they now?"

Nina Reiser, who was 31 at the time, was last seen alive when she dropped off the couple's children on Sept. 3, 2006, at the house in the Oakland hills where Hans Reiser lived with his mother.

Nina and Hans met in Russia, where she was born and was trained as a physician, and where he often spent time doing business for his file system company. They married in 1999, but she filed for divorce in 2004 and was awarded legal custody of their children, although he had visitation rights.

Even though Nina's body has never been found, in October of 2006 Hans Reiser was charged with murdering her because prosecutors believe DNA and blood evidence proves he killed her.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

DuBois has said Nina may still be alive and be in hiding somewhere, possibly in Russia.