Bar owner to stand trial for girlfriend's death

July 13, 2010 1:17:20 PM PDT
A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge ruled today there is sufficient evidence to try a Palo Alto hookah bar owner for murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend.

Bulos "Paul" Zumot, 36, has pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges stemming from the death of 29-year-old Jennifer Schipsi on Oct. 15, 2009.

Prosecutors allege that Zumot killed Schipsi and then set their Addison Avenue home on fire with her body inside.

Investigators determined that Schipsi, a real estate agent, had been killed prior to the fire and that the blaze was set intentionally to conceal evidence.

Police arrested Zumot four days later at Da Hookah Spot, a smoking lounge he owns on University Avenue.

This morning, at the conclusion of Zumot's two-day preliminary hearing in San Jose, Judge David Cena held Zumot over for trial and ordered him to return to court for an arraignment on July 26.

Zumot was once again denied bail and will remain in custody. He faces a maximum sentence of 33 years to life if convicted.


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