ST. PAUL, Minn. - A man involved in a simmering neighborhood feud installed surveillance cameras outside his New Brighton home in case something happened to him.
On Wednesday, prosecutors will enter into evidence videotape that captured the fatal shooting of 46-year-old Todd Stevens. The wife of alleged shooter Neal Zumberge, Paula Zumberge, is on trial for second-degree attempted murder and aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Assistant Ramsey County Medical Examiner Victor Froloff spent most of day 2 of Paula Zumberge's trial testifying about the wounds that killed Stevens. The defendant looked on as Froloff showed pictures and described wounds to the face, abdomen, chest, arm and buttocks of the victim. Pellets from the shotgun shells also entered Stevens' brain and heart. "He bled profusely. In a matter of seconds he was unconscious," Froloff testified. He said the final shot was fired into Stevens' chest as he lay prone on the ground.
Three police officers were also called to the stand, two from New Brighton and one from Spring Lake Park. One of them, Sergeant Mitchell Singer, attended to Stevens' girlfriend the night of the shooting. Jennifer Clevin had been shot twice in the abdomen. Singer described Clevin as non-cooperative as he tried to help her, even swearing at him.
Defense Attorney Gary Wolf asked Singer during cross examination if Clevin identified the man who shot her the night of May 5. He said she did, naming Paula Zumberge's husband Neal. "Did she ever mention Paula?" Wolfe asked the sergeant. "No," he responded.
Wolf tells KARE 11's Boua Xiong that both Neal and Paula Zumberge are expected to testify tomorrow, and that the trial may actually wind up Wednesday. Paula Zumberge has opted to have a judge decide her fate instead of a jury.
A witness told investigators that Paul Zumberge yelled "shoot, shoot, keep shooting," as her husband fired his shotgun into Stevens. Prosecutors say the fatal shooting was the culmination of a feud that had been building between the neighbors for 15 years or so.