Opening statements in Zupan trial today |

Opening statements in Zupan trial today

Opening statements are scheduled to begin this morning in the murder trial of Frank Zupan, accused of killing his wife for financial gain.

Nevada County Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson is slated to present his statement first, followed by Sacramento defense attorney Quin Denvir.

Following the statements, Wolfson is expected to begin calling his witnesses, including Jean Machado, a woman who allegedly had an affair with Zupan for more than a year before his wife’s death.

A jury of 12 Nevada County residents plus four alternate jurors were chosen Tuesday with Zupan, Denvir and Wolfson in attendance.

Zupan, 61, wore plain clothes and appeared stoic, whispering to Denvir after Denvir briefly interviewed possible alternate jurors.

Nevada County Superior Court Judge Robert Tamietti instructed the jurors not to talk with anyone about the trial, or read or listen to any media coverage of the trial.

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.

Wolfson is not pursuing the death penalty in this case.

During a preliminary hearing last August, expert witnesses testified Zupan’s DNA, or genetic material, was found inside a pair of bloody, green rubber gloves located where his wife was killed.

Another witness testified Zupan had been having an affair, while Shauneen Zupan’s sons testified their mother had a will that could not be located.


To contact staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@ or call 477-4236.

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