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