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Reiser Hard Drives Don't Map to Murder

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A computer forensic specialist testified in the Hans Reiser murder trial here Monday that the defendant's two hard drives he hid from the authorities did not contain evidence linking the Linux programmer to the 2006 disappearance of his estranged wife, Nina Reiser.

"Did you specifically find anything pertaining to the murder of the defendant's wife?" defense attorney William DuBois asked Kyle Ritter, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department technician.

"No," Ritter replied. He also said his 4.5-day examination of the drives "did not turn up any evidence related to this case."

Ritter, who said he reviewed a portion of the data on the drives, concluded there were no bulk erasers.

"I didn't see a lot of data that was overwritten," Ritter said.

Jurors seemed unmoved and took few, if any notes. Some yawned while others sat with their arms crossed in a trial that began Nov. 6 and is expected to conclude within days.

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Also: Hans Reiser Trial: April 14, 2008

Reiser Decries Murder Case as 'Silly'

Hans Reiser concluded his 11th and likely final appearance on the stand at his murder trial here Monday afternoon, decrying as "silly" allegations that he killed his wife and demanding a new attorney.

"This whole thing is silly," the 44-year-old Reiser testified as testimony in the murder-mystery concluded in Alameda County Superior Court.

"What do you mean, 'The whole thing?'" defense attorney William DuBois asked his client on the stand.

Moments later, the open source developer replied: "The whole case."

The judge later called the defendant "rude" for making what he termed a "mockery" of the proceedings.

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