Pregnancy Keeps Le Suspect Out of Court

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011  |  Updated 2:28 PM PDT
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Pregnancy Keeps Le Suspect Out of Court

Hayward Police Dept.

This is the suspect in the Michelle Le homicide investigation.

Medical concerns related to her pregnancy prevented Giselle  Esteban from coming to court Wednesday on a charge that she murdered nursing  student Michelle Le.

Alameda County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said Esteban,  a 27-year-old Union City woman, didn't have to be hospitalized and isn't  having a medical emergency but a doctor decided she wasn't well enough to be  bused from the county jail in Dublin to the Hayward courthouse.

Defense attorney Andrea Auer told Superior Court Judge Gary  Picetti at a brief hearing that she will be representing Esteban.

Esteban is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 24 to enter a  plea.

Auer said that at that time, she will ask that Esteban, who is  currently being held without bail, be granted bail.

Le, 26, disappeared from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in  Hayward on May 27. Her body was found on Sept. 17.

Esteban, who went to high school with Le in San Diego, was  arrested on Sept. 7 and charged with murdering Le, even though Le's body  hadn't yet been found at that point.

Authorities said footage from security cameras at the parking  garage at Kaiser Permanente in Hayward, where Le was doing a rotation, showed  that Esteban was present around the time of Le's disappearance, and evidence  found inside Le's car indicated that Esteban had been in the vehicle.

In addition, DNA evidence and cellphone records tied Esteban to  Le's death, authorities said.
 

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