California murder suspect Tiffany Li raises $65m bail

  • California murder suspect Tiffany Li raises $65m bail

California murder suspect Tiffany Li raises $65m bail

With some help from family, friends, and some business links from China, a female murder suspect from California will be posting her multi-million dollar bail which was previously set at $35 million.

Tiffany Li, 31, is accused of directing her boyfriend and another man to kill the father of two of her children, Keith Green, 27, a year ago because she feared losing custody of the children to Green, The Associated Press reported.

The $35 million bail is the highest-ever in San Mateo County history, though District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe actually wanted to make it $100 million, reasoning that Li was a serious flight risk. In California, the amount of the bail is doubled if paid with property instead of cash.

Wearing a baseball cap, with her hood up and head down murder suspect Tiffany Li exited the San Mateo County Jail without saying anything to reporters.

In this May 23, 2016 photo, the front gate is shut at the mansion where Tiffany Li lived in Hillsborough, California.

Tiffany Li rushed out of the jail Thursday at about 1:45 p.m. with a bodyguard, wearing a baseball hat and a hood pulled tight around her head.

Li must remain on round-the-clock electronic monitoring.

The two men charged in the case remain in jail and haven't asked for bail to be set because they don't have the financial backing Li has, Li's attorney Geoff Carr said. "That's plenty enough incentive to flee back to her native China". Li was arrested several days later at her home in Hillsborough. His body was found almost two weeks later, some 80 miles (128km) north. While he could not disclose specifics from their conversation following her court appearance Thursday morning, Carr noted her comments reassured him she believes in her innocence.

Prosecutors believe Li ordered Green's killing, because she was afraid she would lose custody of her two daughters.

Li, Bayat and Adella have pleaded not guilty to murder charges, and Bayat and Adella remain in custody without bail.

Green was reported missing the following day, when he did not return home, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

Mr Carr said he expects Li to be freed pending her murder trial in September. Carr says Li and her mother are naturalized USA citizens. If she does go on the run, the court can confiscate the property and cash.