Co-Defendant in Tiffany Li Murder Trial Will Not Be Retried

The co-defendant in the murder trial involving Bay Area real estate heiress Tiffany Li will not be retried.

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office on Thursday moved to dismiss charges against Kaveh Bayat, the ex-boyfriend of Li.

Last month, jurors found Li not guilty on charges of murder and conspiring with Bayat to kill 27-year-old Keith Green in 2016 over a custody dispute.

Kaveh Bayat
Kaveh Bayat

The case drew global attention when Li’s family, who made a fortune in real estate construction in China, posted one of the highest bail amounts on record in the United States.

Prosecutors said Li lured Green, her former boyfriend, to her mansion in Hillsborough, south of San Francisco, to discuss custody of their children. They say 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 attorneys 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.

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