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Suit calls woman's 'suicide' a murder

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, July 14, 2013, 9:18 p.m.
 

SAN DIEGO — The family of a woman whose nude, bound body was found hanging at a California mansion has filed a $10 million lawsuit claiming she was murdered.

The suit was filed on Friday in federal court by the family of 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau. Zahau was found hanged at a Coronado mansion in July 2011. Her death was ruled a suicide.

But Zahau's family always believed her death was suspicious. The suit claims Adam Shacknai and Dina Shacknai, the brother and ex-wife of Zahua's boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai, and Dina Shacknai's twin sister, Nina Romano, were responsible for the woman's death.

The suit alleges “defendants planned and prepared to batter and murder Rebecca” Zahau at the mansion belonging to her billionaire boyfriend. Jonah Shacknai was not named in the suit.

No criminal charges were filed. Authorities said Zahau killed herself because she was distraught over a fatal fall that Shacknai's 6-year-old son suffered at the house two days earlier. His death was ruled accidental.

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