Knot expert testifies for defense in Coronado mansion death case

first_img Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Posted: March 26, 2018 Updated: 10:40 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An expert on knots testified Monday in the wrongful death case brought by the family of Rebecca Zahau.The witness for the defense analyzed the rope ligatures that were found around Zahau’s neck, wrists and ankles.Knot expert Robert Chisnall said based on his study of photos of Zahau’s body and from his own research, it looked like the knots around Zahau’s wrists were tied by her, and not tied by someone else.In July of 2011, Zahau was found bound, gagged and hanging from the balcony of her boyfriend’s Coronado mansion. Although the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department ruled her death a suicide, her family believes her boyfriend’s younger brother, Adam killed her, following a sexual assault in the mansion.Chisnall, the knot expert backed the defense claim that the knots were tied by Rebecca. He cited their looseness, their haphazard nature, their simplicity and the gap between her wrists as some of the characteristics that are common to a ligature that is self-tied, rather than tied externally.The defense continues its case on Tuesday. A criminologist is expected to be one of the final witnesses.Closing arguments are set to begin next Monday. center_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter March 26, 2018 Knot expert testifies for defense in Coronado mansion death caselast_img

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