In a recent and dramatic turn to one of Northern California’s most intriguing murder mysteries, a Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge ordered the release of a jailed murder suspect because prosecutors were taking too long to bring him to trial, according to a news article in the San Jose Mercury News.
In this high-profile, no-body case, Maurice Nasmeh, a 43-year-old architect had been held for 2 1/2 years in Santa Clara County jail having been charged in connection with the disappearance of Jeanine Harms. Prosecutors accused Nasmeh, who was on a date with the 42-year-old Harms on the day of her disappearance, of killing the woman and getting rid of her dead body. The body is believed to have been wrapped in – what has become a piece of key evidence - the rug from Harms’ living room. Prosecutors also say Nasmeh was the last person to see Harms alive on the night of July 27, 2001. Her body has not been found.