Defense attorney: Zupan didn’t do it |

Defense attorney: Zupan didn’t do it

Somebody other than Frank Zupan killed his wife, the man’s defense attorney told a jury on the first day of the murder trial.

“What Frank Zupan said happened that night is simply not true,” Quin Denvir, Zupan’s defense attorney, said in his opening statement. “He lied to police and that is circumstantial evidence. But you could say he was there when someone else killed her, and he lied for fear they would kill him or other members of his family.”

Zupan’s wife of more than 15 years, Shauneen Zupan, 58, was shot twice in the head inside the couple’s minivan on McCourtney Road Nov. 15, 2005. Zupan is charged with first-degree murder, with two special circumstances of murder for financial gain and lying in wait.

Nevada County Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson showed a picture of Shauneen in happier times. Later, he showed a photo of her with bullet holes in the left side of her head.

The trial continues this morning at the Nevada County courthouse.

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