HAYWARD (KCBS) – The arraignment for the woman charged with killing nursing student Michelle Le was postponed a second time on Friday so the court could appoint a public defender to represent her.
Giselle Esteban’s arraignment was originally set for Thursday, only to be delayed because of a medical issue related to her pregnancy.
Esteban was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of nursing student Michelle Le, missing since May. Le’s body still has not been found.
Security camera footage and cell phone records show Esteban was in the Kaiser Permanente parking garage on the night of May 27 when Le was last seen, according to prosecutors.
Authorities also say DNA evidence collected from the bottom of Le’s shoe connects her to the murder.
The family continued to search for Le even after the Hayward Police Department classified the case as a homicide. Le’s brother Michael and her cousin Christine Din attended Friday’s hearing.
Le and Esteban were high school classmates, and prosecutors have suggested jealousy may have been a motive for the slaying.
Shortly after Le’s disappearance, Esteban publicly blamed Le for breaking up her relationship with Scott Morasigan, the father of Esteban’s 5-year-old daughter. Morasigan was also in the courtroom Friday.
Esteban is due back in court at 9 a.m. on Monday.
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