Reiser Hard Drives Don't Map to Murder
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.