Lawsuit revisits 2011 California mansion hanging death

SAN DIEGO — A wrongful-death lawsuit going to trial in San Diego will revisit the 2011 hanging death of a woman at mansion on the Coronado peninsula two days after a boy fell to his death there.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the lawsuit was filed by the mother and sister of 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau, the girlfriend of pharmaceuticals tycoon Jonah Shacknai.

She was the only person known to be around when Shacknai’s 6-year-old son fell from a second-floor landing, a death ruled an accident.

The defendant is Shacknai’s brother, Adam, who called 911 to report finding Zahau hanging and who said he cut the rope to lay her on the ground before help arrived.

Sheriff’s investigators ultimately decided Zahau’s death was a suicide.

Adam Shacknai’s defense calls the lawsuit “shameful.”

Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,

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