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Jury acquits Hillsborough heiress in murder case

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Superior Court of California, San Mateo County in Redwood City, Calif.

A jury found a Hillsborough heiress not guilty of killing the father of her two children in 2016 in an alleged conspiracy with her boyfriend, prosecutors said Friday.

Tiffany Li, 34, and her boyfriend Kaveh Bayat had been charged with murder for the murder of Keith Green.

A friend of theirs, Oliver Adella, was accused of helping dispose of Green’s body along the side of a road in Sonoma County.

In February, prosecutors reached a plea deal with Adella in exchange for testifying against Li and Bayat, but prosecutors moved to set aside his plea agreement when his testimony was dismissed from the trial at the last minute.

Green went missing on April 28, 2016, after he went to meet Li at the Millbrae Pancake House. He left his wallet and car keys at home and had only his cellphone, which a hiker found in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park the next day.

He remained missing until May 11, when his body was discovered down an embankment north of Healdsburg. Dental records were used to identify him.

Li and Bayat were arrested at their home in Hillsborough about 10 days later. Prosecutors alleged that Li was concerned she would lose custody of her two children to Li.

The jury deliberated for 11 days before returning the not guilty verdict for Li. She had been under home electronic monitoring after posting $35 million bail, which she paid with $4 million in cash and $62 million in property bonds.

After reading the verdict regarding Li, the jury returned to deliberations for Bayat, who remains in custody on $35 million bail.

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