Woman pleads not guilty in ex-friend's death 

The suspect in the slaying of a San Francisco Bay area nursing student that prosecutors allege was fueled by obsessive jealousy has again pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

The Hayward Daily Review reports (http://bit.ly/yapgxY ) that Giselle Esteben entered the plea Friday, a month after a grand jury indicted her for murder in the death of 26-year-old Michelle Le.

Esteben, who is 27, was charged with the same crime in September, but prosecutors sought the indictment as a way to avoid a preliminary hearing and speed the case up.

Le disappeared in May while on a break from her studies at a Hayward hospital. Her remains were found in a remote canyon four months later. She and Esteben were friends in high school.

Grand jury evidence included samples of Esteben's DNA allegedly found in Le's car and threatening text messages Esteben allegedly sent to her ex-boyfriend warning him to break off his friendship with Le.


Information from: The Daily Review, http://www.insidebayarea.com

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