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Murder suspect raises unprecedented $35M bail via friends

Murder suspect raises unprecedented $35M bail via friends Murder suspect raises unprecedented $35M bail via friends
Alfredo Watts | 19 April, 2017, 01:09

As the Associated Press reports, this means she will be released from jail today in San Mateo County, where she's been held since last May, charged with the killing of her children's father, Keith Green. The highest bail District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe could remember being posted for a defendant in San Mateo County was $1 million to $2 million.

The bail had been set at $35m, but California courts require double the amount if property is used.

Mr Green and Ms Li had met on 28 April at a pancake restaurant near her home in Hillsborough, an area south of San Francisco, considered one of the wealthiest communities in the US.

Meeting bail at such a high amount is unusual for San Mateo County. His office had asked for a 100 million dollar (£80 million) bail. Wearing a baseball hat and hood obscuring her face, Li was quickly ushered into an SUV and did not respond to questions from the media. Upon her release, she will be given an ankle monitor, placed on house arrest, and her passport will be taken away.

Li and her mother were born in China, where the mother was financially successful in the construction industry, said Li's attorney, Geoff Carr. "That's plenty enough incentive to flee back to her native China".

In this May 23, 2016 photo, the front gate is shut at the mansion where Tiffany Li lived in Hillsborough, Calif. Li was arrested at the home on suspicion of killing Keith Green, the father of her two children. Since she's making bail by posting property instead of cash, by law the equity in the properties come from her supporters, and that he says, should tell you something about Li. Prosecutors believe Li did this because she was afraid of losing custody of her two kids.

Li, Bayat and Adella have pleaded not guilty to murder charges, and Bayat and Adella remain in custody without bail. Critics of the system argue that cash bail schemes like the one found in California state court unfairly disadvantage poor suspects who can't afford to post bail while allowing wealthy defendants like Li to go free pending trial. The body was soon identified as that of Green, and an autopsy ruled his death a homicide, Zuno said. If she violates the terms of her bail, the cash and properties offered up will be turned over to the county.