Father Ordered To Pay Kids $60 Million For Killing Their Mother
Justice was finally served in a family murder mystery that left two young children motherless.
A California jury on Tuesday found a former software developer at the center of a sensational murder trial liable for the 2006 death of his estranged wife and awarded their two children $60 million in damages, court documents show.
Hans Reiser, who created a computer file used in the Linux operating system, was convicted in 2008 of murdering his wife Nina after a high-profile trial despite the fact that neither a body nor a murder weapon was produced for the jury.
Reiser, 48, initially claimed his Russian-born wife was alive and living in Russia.
Two days before a scheduled sentencing hearing, however, Reiser led police to a woodsy part of the Oakland hills, where her body was found wrapped in a black bag.
Nina Reiser’s mother filed a civil lawsuit against him on behalf of the two children – Rory, 12, and Niorline, 11.
The jury on Tuesday found Reiser liable for wrongful death. It awarded each child $25 million and ordered Reiser to also pay punitive damages of $10 million.
Such a terribly sad story.
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