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Zahau family petition to have 32-year-olds cause of death changed

Attorney Keith Greer and Zahau’s family will focus on the family’s petition to change the cause of death on Zahau’s death certificates to murder or undetermined.

CORONADO, Calif. — One of San Diego’s most notorious circumstances will probably be again within the highlight Thursday, eleven years later. Rebecca Zahau was discovered useless on the Spreckles Mansion in Coronado in 2011. Her family maintains it was not a suicide and can maintain a information convention with their lawyer to focus on a brand new petition.

Attorney Keith Greer and Rebecca Zahau’s family will focus on the family’s petition being served on the San Diego Medical Examiner and the prior San Diego Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Jonathan Lucas, to change the cause of death on Rebecca Zahau’s death certificates to “homicide” or “undetermined.”

Zahau’s family sued Adam Shacknai for wrongful death and in 2018, a civil jury in San Diego discovered Shacknai accountable for Zahau’s death. Despite the decision, then-Sheriff, Bill Gore didn’t reopen the legal investigation – nonetheless insisting it was a suicide.

Zahau family lawyer Keith Greer advised CBS 8 if they’re in a position to get the cause of death changed, they may push for the legal case to be reopened. He stated the aim in all of that is they need Adam Shacknai held criminally accountable for Rebecca Zahau’s death.

“It’s frustrating because no matter how loud we scream and who we talk to, people tend to turn and look the other way. It’s a challenging thing to take on, but it’s the right thing to do,” stated Greer.

In July the family dropped their lawsuit towards former San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore. They initially sued Gore attempting to get paperwork associated to the case that they believed he was hiding.

Greer advised CBS 8 they dropped the lawsuit towards Gore as a result of there was nothing else to achieve from him within the case.

“We were looking for what the sheriff’s instructions were for the group of three officers that were reviewing evidence for a second time. We wanted to see in writing what he told them to do, and we found out by his declaration he never put his instructions in writing,” stated Greer.

Greer additionally stated in accordance to the pleadings, Gore has admitted to not giving the entire case file to the Zahau family.

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