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Victim’s son named manager of estate

The son of murder victim Shauneen Zupan has been named administrator of the estate his mother shared with Frank Zupan, the man charged with her murder.

Ralph McMeans, Shauneen Zupan’s son from an earlier marriage, is also asserting a claim on his mother’s half of the property on the 14000 block of Retrac Way, which would otherwise be under the control of Frank Zupan.

On Feb. 24, two days after Frank Zupan was arrested and formally charged with Shauneen’s murder, McMeans’ lawyer, Valerie Logsdon, filed a declaration in Nevada County Superior Court, which stated:

“Due to this pending indictment, (Frank Zupan) will be focused on more important tasks,” she said, “As a suspect in his wife’s murder, (he) should not be appointed as administrator.”

Nevada County Superior Court Judge Albert Dover named McMeans administrator in a March 3 hearing, the same day Logsdon filed a petition to claim Shauneen’s half of the estate.

Based on California Probate Code 251, Logsdon said a joint tenant who intentionally kills another joint tenant “effects a severance of the decedent’s interests,” and the killer has no rights to them.

Interests include real estate, personal property and joint financial accounts.

Frank Zupan was arrested Feb. 22 for his wife’s death, three months after Shauneen was shot twice in the head and found by a motorist slumped over the wheel of her minivan near the intersection of McCourtney Road and Indian Springs Road.

A hearing to address McMean’s claim on the Retrac Way property is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 16 in Nevada County Superior Court.

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

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