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.
Zumot, who owns Da Hookah Spot on University Avenue, has been in jail since Oct. 19, 2009, when Palo Alto police arrested him and charged him with killing Schipsi, 29, and setting their Addison Avenue cottage on fire. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
At a brief hearing Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 21), Zumot, 36, waived his right to a speedy trial after attorneys agreed to schedule his trial for the weeks of Oct. 11 and Oct. 18.
The exact date could depend on how long it will take for the court to conclude another high-profile murder case. Judge David Cena, who is handling Zumot's case, is now presiding over a murder-for-hire case in which a Los Gatos restaurant owner was killed.
Meanwhile, Zumot's attorney Mark Geragos is seeking the court's assistance in obtaining reams of discovery documents, including police reports, photographs and finger prints from the crime scene.
"We received some of the discovery that was ordered, but there's still items that are outstanding," Geragos said Tuesday.
Judge Philip Pennypacker, who handled Tuesday's hearing, scheduled another hearing for Friday to consider the status of discovery.