The trial for Bulos Zumot, the hookah-shop owner charged with killing his girlfriend and setting their rental cottage on fire, will begin Nov. 8, a Santa Clara County judge said Friday.
Zumot, who owns Da Hookah Spot on University Avenue in Palo Alto, was arrested on Oct. 19, 2009, and charged with killing his girlfriend, Jennifer Schipsi, following an argument.
Police said Zumot set their Addison Avenue cottage on fire to cover up the crime. Zumot has pleaded not guilty.
Judge David Cena had hoped to begin Zumot's trial this month, but had to delay it because he is also overseeing a Los Gatos murder trial. Zumot, who is represented by high-profile attorney Mark Geragos, last month waived his right to a speedy trial.
Zumot's defense attorneys are still trying to obtain discovery documents from the prosecution. Attorney Pat Harris, part of Geragos' legal team, said Friday the defense has already received many of the materials it previously requested, but is still waiting on several documents, including a missing section of a forensics report and a cell-tower report.
Prosecutor Chuck Gillingham said he will comply with the defense's latest requests.