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Court Date set in Reiser Murder Trial

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In a brief hearing yesterday, linux programmer Hans Reiser pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder of his estranged wife Nina. Nina, who disappeared last September, hasn't been seen since dropping her children off at Reiser's home for visitation.

Reiser also refused to waive his rights to a speedy trial and was given a May 7th court date. Prosecuters have what might be considered a large amount of circumstantial evidence, such as blood splatters, crime manuals, and tools for disposing of remains, but neither the victim's body nor actual murder weapon have been found.

Nina's and Reiser's children remain with relatives in Russia. The son was scheduled to testify, but prosecutors feel they have a strong enough case without him to procede to trial.

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