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Suspect charged in Northern California nursing student's death

This undated handout photo provided by the Hayward Police Department shows 26-year-old female nursing student Michelle Hoang Thi Le, who disappeared Friday, May 27 from a Hayward hospital during a break in a clinical lesson. (Hayward Police Department)
September 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The first court appearance of a 27-year-old woman charged with the murder of a missing Northern California nursing student has been postponed because authorities learned she is pregnant.

Giselle Esteban was charged in an Alameda County courtroom Thursday afternoon. Police believe Esteban, a high school friend of Michelle Le, killed Le in a hospital parking garage in Hayward.

Le disappeared from the garage on May 27 and her body has not been found.

Estaban told KABC-TV sister station KGO-TV she hated Le because she was friends with the father of her 5-year-old daughter. Esteban has denied having anything to do with Le's disappearance.

Esteban did not appear in court on Thursday and a new arraignment date has not been set.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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