A judge found the wife of a man accused of killing his neighbor in New Brighton over a deer-feeding feud not guilty of murder charges Tuesday morning in connection with the April incident. Paula Zumberge, 50, had been charged back in May with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree attempted murder.
Both sides have rested in the case of a New Brighton woman charged with aiding her husband in the killing of a neighbor. Paula Zumberge, 50, and her husband Neal, 57, were expected to take the stand on Wednesday when her defense attorneys began presenting their case. But after two days of prosecution witnesses and testimony, defense attorney Gary Wolf felt strongly that the state hadn’t proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Emotional testimony came in court Monday from the woman involved in a feud over feeding deer that ended with her boyfriend being shot and killed. She says the neighbor’s wife started the fatal sequence of events.