Prosecutor: Zielinski likely to plead not guilty to murder

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Prosecutors expect murder suspect Peter J. Zielinski to enter a not guilty plea after a psychological evaluation is conducted.

Zielinski, 39, is expected to appear Monday, Sept. 26 in front of Marion County Circuit Judge Dale Penn at the Marion County Courthouse in downtown Salem.

Doug Hanson, a Marion County deputy district attorney, said Zielinski will be evaluated by a psychologist in the meantime. He’s been indicted on one count of murder.

Hanson said he expects Zielinski to plead not guilty. Zielinski was arrested in January after his wife, Lisa Zielinski, was found shot to death in their north Keizer home on Jan. 12. She was 38 years old.

“That can change and there’s always negotiations that take place,” Hanson cautioned.

Noel Grefenson, one of Zielinski’s attorneys, declined comment.

Peter Zielinski remains in the Marion County Jail. A probable cause statement released by Marion County indicates he shot his wife in their home early Wednesday, Jan. 12, while their five-year-old child was asleep in another room. Police said he came to the Keizer Civic Center shortly after, calling 911 to inform dispatchers his wife needed an ambulance.

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2 Responses for “Prosecutor: Zielinski likely to plead not guilty to murder”

  1. a lowe says:

    Hey Pete just be a man and man up here. You had a moment of crazy, but do not drag this out for either family Your kids lost both of their parents out of this. Really!!!! Time to be a man and if you did this stand tall on your feet and take to punishment

  2. Julie says:

    Do the right thing Pete. Make a deal, plead guilty and do your time. It’s the right thing to do and it would show your daughters that you are still a decent man who did a terrible thing. Do not drag your family or Lisa’s family through a trial. Be a man. Do the right thing.


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