Zupan arrested in murder of his wife
Police arrested Frank A. Zupan late Wednesday on suspicion of murdering his wife, Shauneen A. Zupan, last year.
Ten investigators of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office staked out Zupan’s residence on Retrac Way for hours Wednesday afternoon, waiting for the man to leave his house.
Zupan left in his vehicle at 6:20 p.m. Officials stopped him and took him into custody without incident, Sheriff Keith Royal said.
Zupan was being processed at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility Wednesday evening.
“We had been waiting for specific evidence to be processed at the state crime lab in Sacramento,” Royal said. “Now we’ve received the results that tied the case together for us.”
Royal praised his staff and more than 20 search and rescue volunteers, who combed the area along McCourtney between Patterson Valley and Indian Springs roads where the shooting took place on Nov. 15, 2005.
“Because of their thorough search of the area that was in question, we came up with items of physical evidence that played a large part in this investigation,” Royal said.
In addition, forensic experts from the California Department of Justice crime laboratory came to Nevada County in late November to examine the Zupan’s Chrysler LX mini-van. They took windows, seats and a door for further examination at their Sacramento lab.
Their work involved analysis of glass, gunshot residue and DNA found in blood and other human sources, Royal said.
Evidence so far does not include the murder weapon, which investigators still are seeking. However, Royal said there is sufficient evidence without it to press charges. Assistant District Attorney Ron Wolfson is expected to file charges against Zupan in county Superior Court on Thursday, Royal said.
The case so far is “based on inconsistencies of (Zupan’s) statements with physical evidence collected at the scene,” Royal said.
Shauneen Zupan, 58, was found in the couple’s mini-van on McCourtney at Indian Springs roads, near her home. An emergency call reported the incident as a vehicle accident occurring at about 7:30 p.m.
After she was in a helicopter and on her way to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, emergency responders found she had two gunshot wounds to the left side of the head. Medical examiners later found two bullets in her head, and two gunshot wounds to the right hand and wrist.
Frank Zupan, 60, told officers on the ground that the shots had been fired while his wife was driving the mini-van. He told them he had grabbed the steering wheel and piloted the vehicle to a safe location at the intersection.
Another man apparently stopped and made the emergency call by cellular telephone, witnesses said at the time.
Someone then gave Zupan a ride home, where he got another vehicle and drove to the hospital in Roseville.
Despite his explanations, Frank Zupan had been considered a “person of interest” by investigators since shortly after the shooting.
Co-workers of Shauneen Zupan told The Union that she had been troubled in the week before the shooting by the discovery that her husband had been seeing another woman.
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