Updates on the Lisa Zielinski homicide will be posted as we receive them. Below the updates is the original story.

UPDATE (4:21 p.m. 1/13/11): Peter J. Zielinski will be held without bail at least until his hearing on Jan. 31. Attorneys Jon Weiner and Noel Grefenson were appointed to represent Peter Zielinski by Marion County Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem Gale Rieder. Judge Dale W. Penn has been assigned the case.

UPDATE (3:20 p.m. 1/13/11): Peter J. Zielinski was arraigned on one count of murder just after 3 p.m. in Marion County Circuit Court Pro Tem Judge Gale Rieder’s courtroom. Next court appearance is 8:30 a.m., January 31.

UPDATE (1:39 p.m. 1/13/11): Neighbors of Lisa Zielinski on Nightingale Court NE for flowers, candles, and other memorial items. Neighbor Troy Bingenheimer said one goal is to inspire hope in Lisa’s children.

UPDATE (1:37 p.m. 1/13/11): An autopsy revealed Lisa Zielinski died of a single gunshot wound to the head, reports Dr. Larry Lewman of the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.


By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A Keizer woman was killed in her home Wednesday, and her husband has been arrested and accused of her murder.

Police identified the victim as Lisa T. Zielinski, 38, of 836 Nightingale Court NE in north Keizer.

L. Zielinski

Her husband, Peter John Zielinski, 39, came to the Keizer Civic Center at about 7:12 a.m. Wednesday morning and called 911 from a phone in the vestibule, saying simply “his wife needed an ambulance,” Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns said.

Police responded to the Nightingale Court address and found Lisa Zielinski dead inside the home.

“Based on their observations, officers believe Mrs. Zielinski’s death was criminal in nature,” Kuhns said. “Investigators believe this is an incident of domestic violence that ended tragically.”

Peter Zielinski has been arrested for murder, police said.

Two children live there, and are now with family, Kuhns said. Officers didn’t find any children in the home when they responded.

Capt. Kuhns declined to comment on any motive for the killing.

Keizer Police are working with Salem Police, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

P. Zielinski

Keizer Police officers responded to a domestic disturbance at the home in September 2006, involving the same couple. Kuhns said responding officers determined no crime was committed and left.

Lisa Zielinski worked in sales at KYKN, a radio station based in Keizer, according to the station’s website.

Outside the family home Wednesday, neighbors were wondering what happened – and why. Troy Bingenheimer lives next door, and has known Lisa since they were both teenagers.

Bingenheimer said Peter Zielinski works part-time and the family may have been facing financial difficulty.

“They were good friends with everybody on the street,” Bingenheimer said. “It’s usually pretty quiet here.”

Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, described Lisa Zielinski as “a vibrant girl – everybody’s friend because she just reached out to people, you know?”

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ben Howden at 503-390-3713 ext. 3525.