SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California civil jury has decided that a man is legally responsible for the death of his brother’s girlfriend, who was found hanging at a San Diego-area mansion in 2011.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports jurors in the wrongful-death trial determined Wednesday that Adam Shacknai must pay Rebecca Zahau’s family million for the loss of her love and companionship.
Jurors haven’t yet determined whether to order punitive damages.
Shacknai hung his head as the verdicts were read. The 54-year-old is the brother of pharmaceutical executive Jonah Shacknai, whom Zahau was dating when she died.
A coroner said the death was a suicide, and Zahau’s family sued to challenge that decision.
The suit alleged Shacknai sexually assaulted Zahau and then killed her and staged the hanging.