Rebecca Zahau death: Opening statements begin in civil lawsuit trial
Jermaine Ong , steve fiorina
9:31 AM, Feb 28, 2018
7:12 PM, Feb 28, 2018
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Opening statements are scheduled to begin Wednesday in the civil trial for one of San Diego's most mysterious and infamous cases.
On July 13, 2011, the body of 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau was found tied up and hanging from a balcony at the Spreckels Mansion in Coronado.
Zahau was found dead two days after the young son of her boyfriend Jonah Shacknai suffered serious brain injuries after a fall at the home.
Six-year-old Max Shacknai died from his injuries, and authorities ruled his death accidental. The boy was under Zahau's care at the time of his fall.
A San Diego County Sheriff's Department investigation concluded that, based on evidence and autopsy reports, Zahau had taken her own life -- a ruling that Zahau's family has long questioned.
Zahau's family initially filed a $10 million wrongful death civil suit in 2013 against Adam Shacknai, Jonah Shacknai's ex-wife Dina and her sister Nina. Two women were removed from the suit in 2017 "with prejudice" after it was determined they had no direct link to the incident.