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Slaying Suspect Sues Boss

January 1, 1985

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ A financial executive accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and placing her sawed-up remains in a creek has sued his former employer for firing him because of the case.

A preliminary hearing resumes Wednesday for Vance Nilsen, 30, who is free on $250,000 bail in the slaying of Elizabeth Perreira-Trejo, 19, of Union City.

Nilsen has sued his employer, Applied Financial Systems Inc., of San Mateo, for $10 million. The suit claims Nilsen, of Union City, is protected by a law that prohibits employers from using arrest information to dismiss a worker unless there is a conviction.

The woman’s remains were found in a remote Peninsula creekbed last spring and Nilsen was arrested a few days later.

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