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Zumot's arson-and-murder trial set for next month

Original post made on Sep 21, 2010

Bulos Zumot, owner of a hookah shop in downtown Palo Alto, could face an arson-and-murder trial as early as next month in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Jennifer Schipsi.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 5:01 PM

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Posted by Kathleen
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Sep 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Again, the prosecution proves incompetence by not handing the discovery over in a timely manner. The prosecution needs to stop playing games and give the defense what they have. It has been one year already, how much more time does the DA need? The game of buying time is not going to work any longer. Just be professional and do your jobs.


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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 21, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Zumot must be rich. Geragos does not come cheap.


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Posted by Jake
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 21, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I have been following this case from the beginning . It's very apparent what us going in here, anyone with any brain cells can see that the DA playing a game and is not giving up "evidence" because he does not have any. It's not the first time Santa Clara DA's have done this and I'm sure its not the last, you have Delores Carr to thank for that. The DA's office is corrupt that an intervention and hauling out needs to take place ASAP.
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Posted by K
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I truely feel bad for those who cannot afford good lawyers. A celebrity lawyer who can go on CNN live any time and expose defects in the system is kind of begging for what is his client's rights. Just imagine a poor John Doe between four tiny walls betting his life and freedom on a public defender. What a shame.


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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I live a couple blocks away from where this incident took place last year. My son and I had dinner downtown that evening, and as we walked home, witnessed the numerous police and fire fighting personnel and vehicles at Addison St.

Arson and murder are two separate crimes. I am confused if these charges are being "bundled" or if they are separate charges. I lack legal training, but it appears to this lay person that our Hookah Place owner is in trouble for two different reasons, even if they are connected from a motive standpoint.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Paul, I think it has to do w/the headline "Arson-and-Murder" rather than the charge themselves. There was a murder, then arson to cover up the murder, two separate charges, and he's being tried for both. It's different than a death occurring while committing a felony - a whole separate subject. It's not an uncommon way to cover up a murder. There was a similar case in SF a few years back. Her boyfriend was convicted: Web Link


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Posted by K
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm

hmmm

Where do you get your information from? Just interested to know since you seem to know so much about the case.


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Posted by Hmmm - to k
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:09 pm

My powers of deduction! Plus, on the Felicia Smith case, I know someone who knew her. I have some experience w/criminal cases and I know prosecutors & defense attorneys & cops & I ask a lot of questions - but I haven't talked to them about the Zumot case. I do wish people would stop feeling sorry for the accused. He is bad news. If he's innocent of her murder, he is guilty of other crimes. While that doesn't mean he should be locked up for these crimes, it still means he's bad news.


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Posted by K
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Hmmm

" If he's innocent of her murder, he is guilty of other crimes." I find it hard to believe you are not involved in this case, either directly or indirectly. Not that I care one way or another. But if you believe he committed other crimes and you are silent about it, then you are worse news.


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Posted by Kathleen
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm

You may know a lot of cops and prosecutors, but you apparently do not know Paul. I also doubt that you are the type of person who "asks a lot of questions." You actually seem to be the type of person who just accepts what others (the police, the prosecutors, the media) tell him. If you are the person who really questions and searches for the truth, you would know by now that Paul is not the type of person you describe him to be. He is not "bad news," nor has he ever committed any crimes. He is also innocent of killing Jennifer; and if you can be a bit patient and wait for the trial, you will soon see that the truth is on his side.

People who have met, come across,or known Paul would tell you that he is one of the kindest, most honest people they have ever known. Of course the police want him to be otherwise because they have already arrested him and because he was the easiest person to catch. So--of course-- they have an interest in portraying him as an evil person. Only ignorant people who do not question authority and do not bother to search for the truth would blindly accept what others tell them.

P.S. This is not sympathy we are feeling for Paul, it is a strong conviction about the truth and about his innocence.


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Posted by K
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Hmmm

I'm just going to make a wild guess here. You are either a cop p'd off that those who are questioning the techniques of the prosecution, or and this is another wild guess, you are an ex felon who knows a lot about the system and p'd off at every body the same.

Anywho, if Zumon is innocent then it should be clear as daylight. If he is guilty, evidence would be overwhelming. Because, just like you, I ask tons of questions. I try to analyze the motive and the method. Someone who killed someone in their own house won't burn the body in the house. Someone who killed someone and wants to get the hell out ASAP and worried about leaving evidence would do that.

Anyone knows that remains found in a burned structure or anywhere get checked for soot in the lungs. Only someone with very tiny bit of brains would try to cover up a crime in that manner. Now if Mr. Zumon is a simple minded business owner then maybe who knows, but if he has a GED he should know covering up a crime like this aint going to work.

Also, we don't know much about the victim. Was Paul the only man she knew? Maybe it is someone she wronged who got a revenge. This seems like a hate crime, not an episode of rage kind of thing. Whoever did it either hated her, or did not know her at all and was wiping his or her DNA traces.

Man, I should be a cop or something. Oh, and I should mention that the cops and prosecution aren't always right, otherwise we won't have exonerations of wronged men and women after tens of years in jail.

Woah gotta hit the sack. Good luck with your analysis.


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Posted by Hmmm - to k
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm

No, I am certainly not withholding any info. I also am not involved in any way. I merely paid attention to the details of their history as it was reported. Crimes he committed? Yes, against the deceased - their whole nasty history. You can stop w/your dramatics, as if I'm withholding info - not even close.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Kathleen - you clearly have an agenda. I don't, but I trust that the legal system will work. Save your criticism of me - you don't know me at all, nor do you know my background, experience or profession. Hint: not a cop, ex cop, felon or criminal. Your wild suppositions are just that. Good luck in helping spread the truth as you see it about Zumot - but perhaps you should bone up on some similar cases for reference.


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Posted by K
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Kathleen, I don't know Mr. Zumon, and I will not judge him. I know that when the media and police get their minds set at someone they tend to trash him or her.

However, if the evidence against him is scientific then I have to believe science...I'm sorry. I don't believe in theories and motives. I don't believe in "I know him, he couldn't have not done it.", or, "I heard him say he wanted her out of his life.", to exonerate or convict.


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Posted by Kathleen
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm

You who claim to ask a lot of questions, how much do you know about Jennifer besides what the police have told you? I doubt that you have been even following up the news or paying "attentin to details," because the news tells us that there are other people who have threatened to kill Jennifer and were violent to her.
Oh, and by the way, Paul has never committed any crimes against the deceased. He has never ever touched her or harmed her physically or emotionally. Wait until you hear the full story, you will know that Paul was the best thing that has ever happened to her.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm

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Posted by K
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm

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Posted by Kathleen
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm

K, the dragging of handing over the discovery to the defense for over a year proves to me and to others that they have nothing against Paul. If the evidence was "overwelming," the case would have been over long time ago, and Paul would have been convicted. We would have also heard the DA barking about it on the news day and night.
Hmmm, this is not CSI we are discussing here. We are talking about the lives of real human beings, and each case is different. But if you insist, just recently a story was published in NYT about a man named Eddie Lowery. He spent 10 years of his life for a crime he did not commit. The police convicted him of a crime he did not commit, but 10 years later DNA evidence proved he did not do it. So, no, the police and prosecution are not always right.


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Posted by nklyes
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I want just to know the truth............. who is the killer? I doubt that he is the killer...since he or his family will not spend all of these money on a Lawyer over the whole past year... let us wait and see the truth instead of being childish...


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Posted by Spicy
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Sep 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] For we may think we know people, but we can never know what goes on in the minds of others, even our spouses.

I do know that we cannot trust the media coverage of anything and cannot make conclusions based upon media information. I know of a family who was vilified by the press and as I followed the stories, saw numerous evasions and twisted information.


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Posted by Cedric
a resident of University South
on Sep 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm

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Posted by Jake
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Sep 22, 2010 at 12:10 am

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Posted by Spicy
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Sep 22, 2010 at 12:21 am

If grammar is related to analytical aptitude. . .

Jake: Men have affairs and lead women on all the time. If you are following the LG case, the woman dumped the guy and went back to the victim. She was not two-timing. At least if one believes the media reports. She may have been a loser, but there are plenty of loser men out there too.

Cedric: Public persona is not the same as private persona. Abusers have two sides and can be charming and loving. What you witnessed is only one side of Zumot. The other side may be the same, maybe not.


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Posted by Cedric
a resident of University South
on Sep 22, 2010 at 12:38 am

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a resident of Meadow Park
on Sep 22, 2010 at 6:53 am

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a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

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Posted by SanJoseFriend
a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm

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I really wish that people would stop bashing either side. I find it interesting that everyone seems to have an opinion on this and most don't know either Jennifer or Paul. Now, I did not know Paul and I never met Paul but I did however know Jennifer. She was an amazing woman and had the kindest heart. Her not being here is a loss to each and every person that has known and loved her. The trial will begin in October and the truth will come out at that time. People arguing back and forth on this site is not accomplishing anything but hurting those on both sides of this case. There are many victims here. Jennifer, her family and friends and those sitting with Paul. Lets allow the prosecution and defense do their jobs and once all the evidence is on the table and the verdict is read, then we will all begin to heal.


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Posted by jenejenl
a resident of another community
on Sep 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

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I agree with SanJoseFriend's comment. There is a reason that we have a justice system and we need to allow it to do its job. Jennifer was a friend and colleague of mine and her passing has been felt by many people that knew her. She was a beautiful, gracious woman and it is a loss that she is no longer with us. We are entitled to our opinions but we don't know the facts of the case until the trial begins in the next few weeks and until then arguing about unknowns doesn't help anyone. The verdict will be the closure hopefully to this tragedy.


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