According to reports, the six-month trial culminated in a two and half day long deliberation. The prosecutors presented a "mountain" of circumstantial evidence, such as emails in which Reiser called his wife and her family "nazis", the fact he ripped out the carpeting and passenger seat of his car, and withdrew thousands of Dollars. In addition, traces of Nina's blood were found in Hans' home, and Hans did not help in the search after her disappearance.
Hans Reiser's defence pointed to the lack of direct evidence linking him to the disappearance, and that there were normal explanations for his behaviour after the disappearance. They also stated that since no body had been found, Nina might still be alive - although several people testified she would never leave her children.
Hans Reiser appeared shocked as the verdict was read. DuBois, Reiser's attorney, said: "We're disappointed, but we're not completely surprised."