“My sister was murdered,” Mary Zahau-Loehner testified in day one of the trial Wednesday, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. “It is pretty obvious that she was murdered.”
The coroner, however, ruled the death of Rebecca Zahau a suicide. Zahau was found bound and gagged, hanging by the neck from a rope. The family alleges she was murdered by her husband’s brother, Adam Shacknai.
In his opening statement, the family’s attorney attempted to show the fingerprints found on a knife were the result of Zahau trying to cut herself loose.
“There is no evidence to show that Adam Shacknai did any of those things” Dan Webb said. “I believe there will be a complete failure of proof in this case.”
Webb said none of his client’s DNA was found on the rope.
However, family attorney C. Keith Greer, said Shacknai’s DNA was found on the metal bed and other pieces of evidence.
Zahau’s death occurred days after the son of her husband, Jonah Shacknai, fell over a second floor railing while in Zahau’s care. Zheng son would die days later.
According to Fox 5, the trial is expected to last a month.
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