Tiffany Li, the 31-year-old woman at the center of an apparent murder-for-hire case in Millbrae almost one year ago, has with the help of her mother and some wealthy friends posted the $35 million bail that was set for her in the case. 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, 27-year-old Keith Green.
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. This is reportedly the largest bail sum ever recorded in San Mateo County.
San Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe had argued that bail be set even higher, at $100 million, given that Li and her mother are natives of China, and she is therefore a flight risk. Upon her release, she will be given an ankle monitor, placed on house arrest, and her passport will be taken away. Both Li and her mother are naturalized US citizens.
As CBS 5 reports, Li's attorney said that her bail was posted by "15 to 20 extended family, friends, business associates, people that believe in Tiffany and think that, one, she’ll come to court and two, she’s not guilty."
Green's mother appeared in court wearing a shirt to protest Li's release, as KRON 4's Will Tran posted on Twitter.
Green went missing on April 29, 2016, and his body was discovered on May 11 in Healdsburg. He had apparently gone to meet with Li, with whom he was in a custody dispute over their two small children and Li had reportedly tried to pay him off to remove himself from her and her children's lives.
Li was at the time living in a mansion in Hillsborough with a mixed-martial-arts-practicing boyfriend, 30-year-old Kaveh Bayat, who was also charged in Green's murder. A third man, an MMA-fighter with a seemingly sketchy past, Olivier Adella, a.k.a. Olivier Bredenstein, was also arrested and charged, though it remains unclear who was the supposed trigger man. Bayat and Adella remain in jail.
Update: Here she is getting released Thursday and chased by multiple press outlets and photographers.