An Alameda County jury has found Giselle Esteban guilty of the 2011 murder of 26-year-old Michelle Le, concluding it wasn't a crime of passion.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley expressed her relief at the jury's verdict, which was reached in less than five days.
"I am pleased the perpetrator of this heinous, calculated crime has been brought to justice. I hope today's verdict will help the family and friends of Ms. Le to continue the long process towards healing following this tragic and senseless crime," she said in a statement.
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Esteban and Le grew up together in San Diego, and both moved to the Bay Area for college. It was there that they befriended Scott Marasigan. Esteban began dating Marasigan, having an on-and-off again relationship for several years. The couple eventually had a child together, while Le had a "close platonic friendship with Marasigan."
Esteban grew jealous and convinced that Le was having an affair with Marasigan. In the months leading up to Le's murder, Esteban's hatred toward Le intensified, according to the DA. Marasigan recorded multiple "chilling conversations" he had with Esteban, including one in November 2010 where she threatened Marasigan and Le, saying "You deserve to die for
your lies, as does she."