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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.