Composed Zupan relates details of wife’s shooting in video
Senior Staff Writer
Eight hours after his wife was killed, Frank A. Zupan said with little emotion that he thought she was the victim of a drive-by shooting. His account came in a videotaped interview with Nevada County Sheriff’s detectives shown in court today.
He also told an old friend in a phone call from the county jail after he was arrested for his wife’s murder that he knew investigators found gloves at the crime scene with his DNA in them. The rubber work gloves resembled a pair from a case of them later recovered from the Zupans nearby home.
This afternoon, jurors will her from an experienced crime scene analyst whether Zupan’s account of the killing matches or differs from his investigation done for the county District Attorney’s office.
Testimony resumed this morning in Nevada County Superior Court, marking the third week of Zupan’s trial on charges that he murdered his wife, Shauneen A. Zupan, 58, on the night of Nov. 15, 2006.
Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson showed the jury the video, which was recorded between 2:50 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 16, 2006.
Wolfson earlier had established that the Zupans had been at Lyon’s Restaurant in Grass Valley shortly after 7 p.m. that evening. An emergency call reporting an accident came in at around 7:15 p.m., and deputies were on the scene about 7:50 p.m.
In the video Zupan, 61, said that while returning home from dinner, a vehicle near the corner of McCourtney and Indian Springs roads passed them. He heard what he thought were rocks or marbles striking the van his wife was driving, Zupan said on tape.
The driver’s window caved in and Shauneen Zupan slumped to the left, Zupan said in the tape. He grabbed the steering wheel, but could not stop the vehicle. The couple’s Chrysler minivan veered off to the left and came to rest when it crashed.
Zupan tried to give his wife CPR at the scene before emergency workers arrived, he said on tape.
During the taped interview, Zupan was wearing a sweatshirt and jeans. The only time he showed emotion during the interview was when he was relating how he was told at the hospital that his wife was dead. For a fleeting instant, Zupan put his hand to his face, then resumed his recounting of the night’s events.
Wolfson is expected to bring other expert testimony later today and Zuppan could take the stand. It is possible the trial could end soon, courthouse personnel said.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4237.
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