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Monday, October 29, 2012

Michelle Le Case: Giselle Esteban Guilty of First-Degree Murder

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

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An Alameda County jury has found Giselle Esteban guilty of the 2011 murder of 26-year-old Michelle Le, concluding it wasn't a crime of passion.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley expressed her relief at the jury's verdict, which was reached in less than five days.

"I am pleased the perpetrator of this heinous, calculated crime has been brought to justice. I hope today's verdict will help the family and friends of Ms. Le to continue the long process towards healing following this tragic and senseless crime," she said in a statement.

See also: Giselle Esteban, Suspect in Michelle Le Murder Case, Gives Birth in Prison

Esteban and Le grew up together in San Diego, and both moved to the Bay Area for college. It was there that they befriended Scott Marasigan. Esteban began dating Marasigan, having an on-and-off again relationship for several years. The couple eventually had a child together, while Le had a "close platonic friendship with Marasigan."

Esteban grew jealous and convinced that Le was having an affair with Marasigan. In the months leading up to Le's murder, Esteban's hatred toward Le intensified, according to the DA. Marasigan recorded multiple "chilling conversations" he had with Esteban, including one in November 2010 where she threatened Marasigan and Le, saying "You deserve to die for
your lies, as does she."

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Esteban stalked Le, going to great lengths to track her down. She finally caught up with her on the evening of May 27, 2011. At about 7 p.m., Le excused herself from her class at Kaiser where she was working toward becoming a nurse. She left to get something from her car and never came back.

The jury was convinced that Esteban was in the parking garage waiting to kill Le. Esteban murdered Le then drove her car to a remote location in Sunol where she dumped the body and hid it with brush.

Le's car was found the next morning, just a half-mile from where it was last seen at Kaiser Hospital. DNA analysis later confirmed the bloodstains and hair found at the scene of the crime and in the car was Le's.

About five months later, Ms. Le's decomposed body was discovered off a country road between Sunol and Pleasanton, a few days after Esteban had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Esteban faces up to 25 years in prison.

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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