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GUILTY: Palo Alto man convicted of murder

Original post made on Feb 10, 2011

Bulos "Paul" Zumot, 37, the Palo Alto hookah lounge owner who was charged with the Oct. 15, 2009, murder of his girlfriend, real-estate agent Jennifer Schipsi, was found guilty Thursday afternoon in a San Jose courtroom.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 10, 2011, 3:25 PM

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Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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YES! I couldn't tell if the prosecution had delivered a convincing case, so I am glad to read this. I know there is never truly "closure" after the murder of a loved one. I do hope that Schipsi's loved ones find some measure of comfort, justice in this verdict. I'm sorry for those who care for him and I'm sorry he chose this horrendous course of action.


Posted by bru, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm

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I have to admit that the way I have seen our system of justice work lately, I was troubled that this case would not get a better resolution. I believe the correct verdict was reached here from everything I read while I followed the case. No one wins here, two lives are ruined because of a stupid power game being played by two people who did not belong together and could not give it up and go their separate ways.

It's even worse that this man thought he could get away with it and played every pathetic card to mislead and manipuate the court. Thankfully he did not.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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Good points, bru. I think it's a relief that he was convicted but still sad that so many people are effected, incl those who believed in him. No doubt there will be an appeals process. I can only imagine the $$ his supporters have spent on yet another case Geragos lost.

Also, good point that they shouldn't have been together but couldn't have just thrown in the towel and gone their separate ways. What a terrible waste.


Posted by watcher, a resident of Los Altos
on Feb 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm

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The system works. The misdirection and slurring of the murder victim's name by the defendant, his attorney and his backers is over.

Just is served!


Posted by lunchlady, a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Feb 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

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Not surprised by the verdict, despite the defense using every strategy they could think of to discredit the evidence. Even the accelerant-sniffing dog was castigated. The usual badmouthing of the victim- our justice system encourages this but it sure isn't pretty to watch.

Too bad the victim and the convicted man didn't give up on their relationship before this happened. All that drama finally ended very badly.


Posted by Ronamir, a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm

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As a person who crossed paths with Paul some 12 years ago, my first impression of him was bad, and it only got worse! I'm glad to see justice served! My heart goes out to the Schipsi family!


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

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Ronamir, can you elaborate? I am curious about his past & the allegations that he'd gotten into legal trouble some years before.


Posted by Ronamir, a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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I wonder, neurologically, what goes on in the brains of people who get obsessive about others. Years ago I was harassed by a guy & ended up having to get the police involved. Turns out, he'd had a head injury. I have a friend whose boyfriend turned violent after a head injury. But for those who haven't had head injuries and show signs of stalking, controlling, violent behavior, I do wonder what's going on in their brains. So much of what they do is done on the sly, and they often appear both embarrassed and angry when confronted. Instead of being able to re-set themselves emotionally, it's like they can't focus on controlling themselves but want to control others. They often end up w/others who play right into their hands & that can be explosive.


Posted by rixcritix, a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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My thanks to Palo Alto Online for being the single-most and up-to-date source of this trial. I looked in many other news sources and found Palo Alto Online to be the most fulfilling. Since this arson/murder was committed, I was anxious to find current news about this, and Palo Alto Online provided me with what I was looking for. I thought that Paul Zumot was guilty from early on in this case, and I'm glad to see that justice has been served up.


Posted by Ronamir, a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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All my knowlege of him is a bit dated. The last time I saw him was in 05. As soon as this story broke, unfortunately, I wasn't surpised! Just sad that someone lost thier life at the hands of awful human being!


Posted by Ladrome, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2011 at 8:07 am

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It is SO wonderful and reaffirming to see justice actually carried out! The world is not always fair when you can hire morally dubious attorneys to cloud the waters and try to put blame elsewhere. I am sick of seeing Zumot's family members and friends writing lies on this forum. But now the verdict was swift and the obvious guilty party will pay. Much love to the Schipsi family. Now they can move on like her dad said... and try to be happy once again, as their daughter would've desired.

Now Zumont won't be able to do this to anyone else. A violent hothead like Zumont needs to be put away so he can't harm society. Rest in Peace, Jennifer. Your murderer has been brought to justice. I hope never to hear the name Gerragos again either. For me, he was another villain in the case.


Posted by Paly Alum, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2011 at 9:35 am

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"We'll be filing a motion for a new trial, and if that doesn't work, we'll appeal," Geragos said.

They always make this statement so they don't admit defeat.

I am supportive of the verdict but what I dont understand (no, I don't watch law shows) is that it was mostly cirmcumstantial evidence, no? How did they argue the dog sniff vs. the lab report?



Posted by Koa, a resident of Midtown
on Feb 11, 2011 at 11:19 am

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I wonder why the prosecutor didn't seek the death penalty for such a heinous crime?


Posted by Domanica, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Feb 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

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Justice was not served, our justice system is severely flawed!


Posted by Hulkamania, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

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We'll be filing a motion for a new trial, and if that doesn't work, we'll appeal," Geragos said.

Geragos will defend Zumot to his, and his family's, last dime.


Posted by Ladrome, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm

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Thanks kongjie and Hylkamania, we need some humor now that this is all over.

Let them spend all their money on appeals. I should think nobody would want to be affiliated with Geragos anymore.



Posted by Domanica, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Feb 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

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Right now you all and the real killer, who is free and roaming the streets are the ones laughing. You are laughing because you think justice was served, it wasn't ! [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


Posted by Justice for Jenny, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm

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Justice was served!
Mark Geragos said: "My client and I do not accept this verdict!". I've got some news for you, Mr. Geragos, regardless of whether, or not, you accept the verdict, Zumot will spend the rest of his [portion removed by Palo Alto Online] life, in prison, where he belongs.
And to those who dragged Jenny's name through the mud, (one of which has commented on this article, have you no shame?
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Rest in peace, my sweet, sweet Jennifer.


Posted by watcher, a resident of Los Altos
on Feb 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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Stick that in your Hookah and smoke it!


Posted by watcher, a resident of Los Altos
on Feb 11, 2011 at 8:20 pm

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April 21 will be the sentencing date for Zumot, who faces a prison term of 33 years to life.


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