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The following article was posted on February 12th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 13, Issue 49 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 49

Shumey found guilty of murder

BY MATT FOUNTAIN

Following more than a week of testimony, a San Luis Obispo man was found guilty on Feb. 5 of murdering his mother with a shotgun.

Though the jury rejected a charge of first-degree murder for Christopher Shumey, 36, they found him guilty of the lesser charge of second-degree murder, as well as assault on a peace officer for firing a shot at first responders.

The jury also agreed with prosecutors on a number of criminal enhancements, each of which involves the use of a firearm during the crime. Those enhancements could increase the gravity of an eventual sentence.

The verdict ended the first—or guilt—phase of Shumey’s trial. The jury was set to next hear from multiple witnesses for the defense, expected to testify on Shumey’s mental state the January 2011 day he shot Karen Shumey twice with a 12-guage shotgun on the 400 block of Buchon near downtown San Luis Obispo.

Unlike the guilt phase, the burden of proof moved to defense attorney Pierre Bhlanik to prove that Shumey was legally insane and not in control of his actions during the shooting.

Testimony was scheduled to resume Feb. 7 before Judge Michael Duffy in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.