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News - February 4, 2011

Zumot breaks down on stand: 'I still love her'

Palo Alto man recalls arguments with girlfriend Jennifer Schipsi but says he did not kill her or set fire to their cottage

by Gennady Sheyner

Bulos "Paul" Zumot, the Palo Alto man facing murder and arson charges, took the stand in his own defense Wednesday afternoon and, fighting back tears, testified that he loved Jennifer Schipsi and was not responsible for her death.

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Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at gsheyner@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by watcher, a resident of Los Altos
on Feb 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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I'm surprised the defendant has taken the stand in this case, but I've seen this before. Most sociopaths think they're smarter than everyone else. Scott Peterson, a former client of the defendant's attorney, was the same way. He too, said he "loved" the woman he killed. He cried on cue and professed his love, all the time knowing what he had done. What disgusts me is that these self-important narcissists try to chip away at their deceased victim's character.

My hope is that people judging this man will see through his crocodile tears. That is unless Geragos finds a mystery witness who describes a van full of hippies leaving the scene of the crime like he did with Scott Peterson.


Posted by rixcritix, a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 3, 2011 at 3:29 am

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Posted by bru, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 3, 2011 at 4:33 am

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I agree with watcher, this guy knows his life hangs in the balance, and it looks like his whole life he has been able to skate based on his manipulations ... read the history with the victim. How sickening. Geragos seems to have an affinity for these types of people. I am sick of reading about this ... let it be over, let this guy go away for good where his tears will be in vain.


Posted by Ladrome, a resident of another community
on Feb 3, 2011 at 11:14 am

Ladrome is a registered user.

I agree with both watcher and bru. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language] Their relationship was obviously about control. I also am surprised he took the stand and cried professing his undying love... some love. He won the power struggle, but let's hope not the battle for justice.

I too am sick of hearing about Zumont AND Geragos. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language]


Posted by rixcritix, a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

rixcritix is a registered user.

People that abuse women are used to crying in order to get them back.


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