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Hearing begins for suspect in murder of Jeanine Harms

09/01/05

San Jose (BCN) - Something was "terribly wrong" with Jeanine Harms when she failed to show up for work on the last Monday in July 2001, her "oldest friend" testified today on the first day of the preliminary examination of the man accused of murdering Harms.

Maurice Nasmeh, 41, allegedly killed Harms hours after meeting her on July 27, 2001 at Campbell's Rock Bottom Brewery, according to authorities.

At the conclusion of the preliminary examination, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Edward Lee will decide if enough evidence exists to try Nasmeh for murder.

Chigiy Edson-Binell, Harms' friend and landlord, testified this morning that she last saw Harms on July 27, a Friday evening, inside the duplex apartment Harms rented from her.

On Monday, July 30, when Harms did not show up for work, she re-entered the apartment with a Los Gatos police officer.

"I thought something was terribly wrong," Edson-Binell said.

"The bed was made and it was exactly as she left it."

Edson-Binell also noticed that part of Harms' couch and a rug were missing.

"The couch cushions, the couch cover and some pillows were gone and the rug was gone," Edson-Binell said.

Harms and Nasmeh allegedly spent several hours drinking at Rock Bottom and smoked marijuana in the parking lot with two others before traveling to another local bar and drinking some more with another man.

Harms and Nasmeh went to her Chirco Drive home and then to a nearby convenience store where they bought a six-pack of beer at approximately 11 p.m. that night.

That was the last time she was seen alive, according to court documents.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled to last five days.

Nasmeh remains in custody.


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