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Did Jealousy Drive Suspect to Murder Michelle Le?

Did suspicions of a love triangle factor into case? Prosecutors say Giselle Esteban, of Union City, killed Le believing that Le had a romantic relationship with her baby's father.

 

By Bay City News Service

Opening statements began this morning in the trial of Giselle Esteban, the woman accused of murdering Samuel Merritt University nursing student Michelle Le in 2011.

Le, a 26-year-old San Mateo woman, disappeared from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward on May 27, 2011. Her body was found nearly four months later, on Sept. 17, 2011, in a remote area between Pleasanton and Sunol.

Prosecutors allege that Esteban killed Le, a former longtime friend, out of jealousy because she was convinced that Le had a romantic relationship with Scott Marasigan, the father of Esteban's child.

This morning, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Butch Ford said in his opening statement that he will ask the jury to convict Esteban of first-degree murder, saying he has proof that the killing was "intentional, willful and premeditated."

Ford said there is video and cellphone evidence that places both Le and Esteban in the parking garage of Kaiser Permanente the day of Le's disappearance.

"Michelle Le was 26 years old, was full of life," Ford said. "But the evidence will show that the defendant took her life based on an emotion that's been around forever -- jealousy, which became hatred."

The courtroom was packed with Le's family members and friends this morning. A small group of Esteban's family and friends also attended.

Esteban, 28, of Union City, attended high school with Le in San Diego. She was charged with Le's murder on Sept. 8, 2011 -- before Le's body was found -- based on DNA evidence and cellphone records.

The defense was set to begin its opening statement later this morning.

 

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Ken Briggs October 02, 2012 at 12:14 PM
give this gal life, she can jion the other 20 plus women that are at Chowchilla womens prison that kill people .she does not need to see her baby . just lock herup and forget about her .
Ken Briggs October 02, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I am sorry ,I should have said join the other women that are at Chowchilla .
Child of GOD October 02, 2012 at 04:23 PM
A woman that carries a child of the man she loves can be in a terrible emotional distress when that man is having an affair, in this case with a friend of hers. Judgement is for GOD not us. Just keep in mind there are 3 people involved and don't judge anybody. You never know when you be in a situation like that.
Child of God October 02, 2012 at 04:24 PM
A woman that carries a child of the man she loves can be in a terrible emotional distress when that man is having an affair, in this case with a friend of hers. Judgement is for GOD not us. Just keep in mind there are 3 people involved and don't judge anybody. You never know when you be in a situation like that.
Ken Briggs October 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Child of God , you are so wrong what about the baby and her other child ? do they have the same father ? what about the father orfathers of the kids ? then herself . what is she going to do now ? shows she was dumb and stupid . if she did it still give her life .
SweetTee October 03, 2012 at 12:07 PM
We have to learn how NOT to be moved by our emotions...jealousy yes is a big trigger for many negative thoughts and actions but this woman Estaban has taken life, a life she had no right to take regardess of how justified she felt in doing so. Sadly she has taken life from her own children well because of her own selfish reasoning. Life or death that I will leave in the hands of those who are appointed to judge but let's not forget that the final judgement belongs to God. I pray she finds peace in her spirit through God when the rage of her flesh looses its adrenaline. Also we must keep in mind there are many more victims in this tragedy then just Le herself. Unfortunately her loved ones will have to go through a time of trial in their lives that no one is ever prepared for. I pray that Le's family will eventually know true forgiveness so that they can be set free from the bondage of bitterness. I pray in time God will bring healing to their hearts and some kind of comfort in forgiveness.
SweetTee October 03, 2012 at 12:15 PM
***I meant to write...sadly (Estaban) has taken life from her own children as well because of her own selfish reasoning.
Ken Briggs October 03, 2012 at 12:42 PM
just give this woman twenty years and nothing less , she does not need to see her own kids tel they are grown up . but then the baby she had while in jail will never know the mother at all . hope the father is taken care of it .
SweetTee October 03, 2012 at 08:21 PM
It goes to show how one persons selfishness effects so many innocent lives, the damage is more than just death, its the ugly truth of her actions that's going to reap the most repercussions in ths whole matter..she needs to be held accountable to the full extent of our judicial systems, there shouldn't be no lenientcy here, I dnt thnk temp insanity or emotional distress should even be on the table for defence, if there is clear evidence of premeditated murder... a life for a life, blood for blood, all them other lives left to deal with the pain of her selfish decision should have justice

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