US real estate heiress acquitted of murder

Heiress Tiffany Li, who posted $US35 million bail, has been acquitted of murdering her ex-boyfriend.
Heiress Tiffany Li, who posted $US35 million bail, has been acquitted of murdering her ex-boyfriend.

A San Francisco real estate heiress has been acquitted of killing the father of her children.

After deliberating for 12 days, jurors said that Tiffany Li was not guilty of conspiring with her boyfriend to kill 27-year-old Keith Green in 2016.

The case drew global attention when Li's family, who made a fortune in real estate construction in China, posted $US35 million ($A51 million) bail for her.

San Mateo County prosecutors said Li lured Green to her mansion in Hillsborough, south of San Francisco, to discuss custody of their children.

They say Kaveh Bayat shot Green in the mouth and the two hired a friend to dispose of the body.

Prosecutors presented evidence that Green's blood was found in Li's Mercedes and gunshot residue was discovered in her garage.

Li's lawyers argued that Green was killed in a botched kidnapping plot and that she had nothing to do with his death. She had settled the custody issues with her former boyfriend, they said.

Green's body was found along a dirt road north of San Francisco nearly two weeks after he was last seen meeting with Li about their children. The pair met around 2009.

The prosecution faced a setback earlier this month when its chief witness, Olivier Adella, was arrested on charges of contacting an ex-girlfriend and witness for the defence.

Adella was expected to testify that Li and Bayat asked him to dispose of Green's body but prosecutors did not call him as a witness

Australian Associated Press