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The 8-year-old son of Hans Reiser will testify in his murder trial, a prosecutor told the jury Wednesday, ending months of speculation over whether the boy would travel from Russia to provide evidence that could help convict his father of killing the boy's mother.

The boy, whom The Chronicle is not naming because of his age, has told investigators that he saw someone carrying "something big" in the middle of the night after his mother, Nina Reiser, was last seen. The sight made the boy shake and close his eyes in fear, Deputy District Attorney Paul Hora said on the second day of his opening statement in Alameda County Superior Court.

Hora implied that the object could have been Nina Reiser, the defendant's estranged wife, who was 31 when she was last seen Sept. 3, 2006, after dropping off the couple's two children at Hans Reiser's home on Exeter Drive in the Oakland hills. The person carrying the object would have been Hans Reiser, the prosecutor hinted.

The Reisers' son recalled that there was a full moon to illuminate the darkened home that night, and data provided by astronomers confirms that, Hora said.

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