Zumot trial begins today in San Jose courtroom

Attorneys to make opening statements in trila for 2009 murder of Jennifer Schipsi of Palo Alto

Editor's note: Follow the trial on Twitter. Go to!/paw_court.

Attorneys were to make opening statements in the murder trial of Bulos "Paul" Zumot, who allegedly killed his girlfriend, Jennifer Schipsi, in mid-October 2009 before setting their rented cottage in Palo Alto on fire.

Zumot, who owned the Da Hookah Spot lounge in downtown Palo Alto with his brother, David, has denied killing Schipsi.

Prosecutor Chuck Gillingham and defense attorney Mark Garagos will appear before the jury in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Dave Cena.

Gillingham has outlined in detail the prosecution theory of how Zumot killed Schipsi following a violent argument, and Judge Cena ruled in early December that a former landlord and friends my testify about their rocky relationship.

Geragos, famous for past celebrity trials, is expected to present theories earlier outlined in preliminary hearings that cars followed Schipsi the night she died, along with criticisms of the police investigation.

Related stories:

Boyfriend arrested in Palo Alto death of Jennifer Marie Schipsi

New attorney seeks bail for Bulos Zumot

Police say Zumot, Schipsi fought before she died

-- Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by JackPalmer
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

This sounds interesting. I want to hear about the cars, and why the police never mentioned anything about these cars before. Why did they hide this from the public for 15 months, and what else are they hiding from us. Please tell us more about the cars that followed Schipsi the night she died.

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Posted by JackPalmer
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I'm also interested to hear about the problems with the police investigation. I read the articles about Santa Clara's "Tainted Trials & Stolen Justices" and would love to further educate myself about this type of corruption. Thanks a lot Paloaltoonline.

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Posted by Italiana55
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jan 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I knew the defenders of the nasty defendant would come out to play on this forum at the start of the trial. Ugh.

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Jan 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

From the illegal search of the Stanford Daily in the 70's to Lynne Johnson and beyond, the PAPD has shown a pattern of corruption and incompetence far disproportionate to their small size.

I'm not going to name names and incidents for the last 40 years. Regulars here know the history. It's because of the history that I have an interest in the Zumot trial.

Geregos has more fodder here than he ever had with OJ. Lets see what he can do with it.

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