Murder suspect raises unprecedented $35M bail via friends

Tiffany Li

A woman from the San Francisco area facing murder charges posted $35 million in bail with help from family members, friends, and business associates with Chinese ties.

She is accused of conspiring with her boyfriend and friend to kill her ex-boyfriend Keith Green, 27, and dispose of his body past year.

For the a year ago, Li has been held on a $35 million bail, which is one of the largest in United States history.

Li's mother and a "consortium" of wealthy friends put together $4 million in cash and $62 million in property assets as bail - in California, twice the bail amount must be met if property is being used in lieu of cash.

She is set to make bail after almost 20 friends, business associates and family offered to put up their properties as collaterial, according to KTLA.

Tiffany Li is seen in an undated photo released by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Department. His office had asked for a 100 million dollar (£80 million) bail.

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 will have to surrender her passports and remain under house arrest and electronic home monitoring if released.

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. The precautions to prevent her escape back to perhaps, China, where her family is are going to be at the very heart of Thursday's hearing.

A week after that, Ms Li, Mr Adella and Mr Bayat were arrested on suspicion of murder. Prosecutors say she feared losing custody of her young children to Green.

Li and co-defendants Olivier Adella, 41, and Kaveh Bayat, 30, have all been charged with killing Green, whose body was found May 11, 2016 in a wooded area near Healdsburg in Sonoma County.

CBS San Francisco reports that it's one of the largest in USA history.

"We did not feel that [bail] would be enough motivation to keep her here, but that's the court's order", he said. The two men were also arrested and remain in jail without bail.

A trial is set for September.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe first said Li should be denied bail, because she poses as a flight risk. Multiple class-action lawsuits have been filed across the country that challenged the constitutionality of requiring defendants to post cash bail to go free before trial.

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