A California jury considered for 12 days before getting an heiress not guilty of killing her ex-boyfriend and dad of her children in 2016, while her co-conspirator’s trial concluded with a hung jury.
Tiffany Li, a 34-year-old daughter of a rich Chinese family, was charged with first-degree manslaughter and conspiracy to commit murder in the loss of Keith Green, who was shot once in the mouth, his without clothes body dumped in a field off a dust road in Sonoma County, ABC 7 reported.
Next in the day, the jurors said they were deadlocked on both assaults against Kaveh Bayat, 33, who was Li’s lover when Green was killed, and the judge stated a mistrial.
Earlier reported, the case drew shocked awareness when Li and her family posted a $35 million bond later Li had been held for a year.
Li and Green were reportedly in a roasted custody battle at the time of his passing. Green was last seen on April 28, 2016, when he reportedly had an assemblage with Li at a restaurant to review the custody. Prosecutors believed that she attracted Green to her Hillsborough mansion, where Bayat killed him. Green’s decomposing body was discovered on May 11.
Prosecutors had arrested Li of planning with Bayat to kill Green because she worried she would lose custody of the kids to him. Another man, mixed martial arts champion Olivier Adella, was also caught and charged in connection with Green’s killing. He had accepted a plea deal, indicating that he disposed of Green’s body, and was to prove until prosecutors canceled the deal in September, stating he violated the terms of the deal when he contacted an ex-girlfriend who was a defense spectator, CBS San Francisco said.
Li’s lawyers, however, contended that Adella murdered Green in a botched kidnapping and that investigators had ignored evidence aiming to him as the killer. Prosecutors said they would look closer into his engagement to decide if he should be filled with murder, CBS San Francisco reported.
“We are frustrated with the verdicts since certainly, we believe the evidence supported holding Ms. Li accountable for the offenses,” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “But we appreciate the jury system and the effort to examine this case by these 12 jurors.”
Wagstaffe said prosecutors would also be thinking whether to retry Bayat.