Should California Attorney General Kamala Harris Review the Investigation Into the "Suicide" of Rebecca Zahau?
California Attorney General Kamala Harris decided yesterday that she won't review the San Diego County Sheriff Department's findings that the bizarre death of Rebecca Zahau, the girlfriend of Scottsdale-based Medicis CEO Jonah Shacknai -- who asked Harris to review the case -- was a suicide.
Harris says the AG's Office only reviews cases handled by local law enforcement "under very narrow circumstances."
"Some of the factors that are considered before committing the state's scarce resources include whether a clear conflict of interest exists, whether a local law enforcement agency has requested assistance, whether local investigative resources have been exhausted, and whether there are allegations of gross malfeasance by the investigative agency," the California AG's Office says in a letter to Shacknai. "Based on a review of [Shacknai's] request, we must decline your invitation to review this investigation at this time."
Despite the SDCSD's finding that Zahau's death was a suicide, there are still some lingering questions that have her family convinced her death was not by her own hand.
For starters, when she was found -- hanging naked from a balcony at Shacknai's Coronado mansion -- her hands and feet were bound behind her back.
Then, there are the findings of Pathologist Cyril Wecht, who reviewed Zahua's entire autopsy report and found -- among other strange findings -- unexplained head injuries inconsistent with the SDCSD's findings. More on that here.
At the very least, there are some unanswered questions surrounding Zahau's death that could perhaps use a fresh set of eyes. But we want to know what you think: should California Attorney General Kamala Harris investigate the case?
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