Man found responsible in California mansion death lawsuit
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California civil jury has determined a man is legally responsible for the death of a woman found hanged at a San Diego-area mansion.
The Union-Tribune reports jurors in the wrongful-death trial decided Wednesday that Adam Shacknai must pay Rebecca Zahau’s family $5 million for the loss of Zahau’s love and companionship.
The panel has not yet determined whether they will order punitive damages.
Shacknai hung his head as the verdicts were being read. The 54-year-old is the brother of Zahau’s boyfriend at the time of her death.
Zahau was found hanging from a balcony in 2011. Her family filed the lawsuit challenging the coroner’s determination that the death was a suicide.
The suit alleged Shacknai sexually assaulted the woman and then killed her and staged the hanging.