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Family of hanged woman files wrongful death lawsuit in California

When local authorities in California have reason to believe that foul play was involved in a death, criminal charges may be filed. This may provide comfort to the family members of the deceased because they know that someone could be held responsible for their loved one’s passing. If criminal charges are not sought, however, the family may desire to bring a case of their own to the court.

Two years after her death, the family of a woman who died from an apparent suicide in 2011 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the state of California. The woman was discovered hanging from a balcony in the back yard of her boyfriend’s mansion. When her body was found by her boyfriend’s brother, she was naked and her hands and her feet were bound behind her back. The lawsuit names the brother of the woman’s boyfriend as a defendant in the lawsuit, as well as the ex-wife and twin sister of the man who owned the historic property. 

The lawsuit alleges that the three defendants planned and executed the woman’s murder, although it does not cite any evidence to prove those allegations. The lawsuit, which asks for $10 million in damages, was filed by the woman’s mother and her sister. They believe their family member was murdered, despite the fact that her death was ruled a suicide and criminal charges were never filed.

The loss of a loved one can result in much pain and suffering. If the death occurred as a result of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss. An attorney may be of assistance in this area. 

Source: abc News, “Rebecca Zahau: Lawsuit Claims Murder at Coronado, Calif. Mansion,” Alexis Shaw, July 14, 2013

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