Judge rules lawsuit about Coronado mansion hanging can go to trial

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SAN DIEGO — A judge ruled Friday that a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Rebecca Zahau can proceed to trial.

Zahau, 32, was found naked and hanging from the second-story balcony of the Spreckles Mansion in Coronado in July 2011.

Zahau’s family alleges that Adam Shacknai, the brother of Zahau’s millionaire boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai, along with Jonah’s ex-wife, Dina Shacknai, and Dina Shacknai’s sister, Nina Romano, conspired to murder Zahau. The family is suing the three for more than $10 million. The suit alleges assault … battery … negligence and wrongful death.

An investigation by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department ruled Zahau’s death as a suicide.

Two days before Zahau died, her boyfriend’s 6-year-old son fell over a stairway railing while under her care. Authorities speculated Zahau killed herself because she was distraught over his declining condition. He died in a hospital three days later.

Judge Katherine Bacal set the trial date for the lawsuit for March 10, 2017.