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Zumot murder-conviction appeal rejected

Original post made on Dec 13, 2013

Bulos "Paul" Zumot, the Palo Alto man convicted of strangling his girlfriend and setting fire to their Addison Avenue cottage in 2009, lost an appeal to overturn his conviction in the California Court of Appeals in San Jose today.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 13, 2013, 9:59 AM


Posted by Justice, a resident of another community
on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

Good - made my day! He is right where he should be!

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

I agree - justice has been done.

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

The made a TV crime show segment on this murder:

Sins & Secrets Palo Alto, CA:
Web Link

Posted by Agree, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Dec 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm

In a weakened state (which I'm not proud of), I once spent an hour reading a web page which the killer's family created which viciously attacked the victim. The killer's family are among the most evil people you can imagine. If ongoing legal fees can manage to suck the finances from the killer's family, justice will truly be served.

Posted by Marian, a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I had the unfortunate opportunity to meet Zumot in downtown Palo Alto before his crime. Among many things that the Sins & Secret gets wrong, is that it states Zumot as being handsome and his business as being successful. What a sensationalist piece of fiction. Zumot was creepy.

Posted by oc reader, a resident of another community
on Dec 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

This guy is right where he should be... and hopefully for a very long time!

Posted by Paly Alum, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Joe, thanks for the link! Fun to watch the media's interpretation of Palo Alto.

Posted by Creeped out, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Can't imagine how this creep managed to seduce this girl.....wonders never cease. he was unattractive and creepy.

The media sure got a LOT of facts incorrect, like calling Dish Dash an upscale restaurant, when actually it is a delivery service for restaurants!

Hope this guy got the death penalty.....that is what he gave his girlfriend.

Posted by Yougotwhatyoudeserved, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Dec 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

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Posted by Gethin, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

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Its good to be able to look at a situation like this and feel that justice has been truly done. In his case an appeal is procedural nonsense. With any luck 33 years to life will be life.

Posted by Bru, a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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I agree with most of the sentiments here ... if this guy gets out before he dies, it will be too soon. I suppose it is understandable to someone out there why a family would support a criminal like this so strongly, but not me, abuse and murder should no motivate lies and clever legal strategies ... but I am sure they do all too often.

Posted by Bru, a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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Interesting fact from the "documentary" link listed here. The next door neighbor John Ekland owned the house and never mentioned that fact to police or firefighters when they were there responding to the emergency. He also owed money on the house, and also had somehow gotten two homeowner policies on the house which would have given him a double payout if something happened to it.

When police interrogated Ekland he started talking about a mysterious white truck with a driver reading the paper so as to obstruct his the driver's face. Ekland claimed that he did not know he had two homeowner policies on the house, and his alibi was that he was having dinner with friends and family.

What a weird story.