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Posted on Sat, Jan. 15, 2005

Architect enters no plea in 2001 murder case

Mercury News

After making a split-second appearance in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Friday, the San Jose man charged with killing 42-year-old Jeanine Sanchez Harms of Los Gatos failed to enter a plea in the case. Judge Jerome Nadler continued the case of Maurice Xavier Nasmeh to Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.

Attorney Richard Pointer, who is temporarily representing Nasmeh, made a special request for his client to wear regular street clothes, not a jail jumpsuit, to the February plea hearing. Pointer said because of the high-profile nature of the case and swarming media, Nasmeh would appear more presentable in a suit. Nadler said he would take that under submission.

Pointer said he expects Nasmeh, a 40-year-old architect, to plead not guilty. Pointer is a partner with San Jose attorney John Hinkle, who represented Nasmeh at his Dec. 17 arraignment charging him with murder. Pointer said Nasmeh is considering changing attorneys and is meeting with the high-profile San Francisco law firm of Tony Serra.

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