By the Daily Post staff
The jurors in the Tiffany Li trial are set to begin their sixth day of deliberations in the case involving the Hillsborough real estate scion who is on trial for orchestrating the murder of her children’s father.
It’s not unusual for juries to deliberate for days at a time for a complicated case like this, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said yesterday (Nov. 4). But what is unusual is how little the jury has asked questions or had the court read back testimony, Wagstaffe said.
So far, the jury has had one day of hearing testimony read back to them, and have asked twice for a laptop with an Excel spreadsheet, where some of the records for the case can be seen. Judge Robert Foiles turned down the request, saying the records are too voluminous.
The Li case has been taking up Department 21’s courtroom for the past 40 days. Li’s boyfriend, Kaveh Bayat, is also her co-defendant in the case. It is up to the jury to determine if the two are responsible for the death of Li’s ex-boyfriend, Keith Green, whose body was found in May 2016 with a bullet to the head in Sonoma County.
The attorneys for Li and Bayat say it was another man, Olivier Adella, who killed Green during an attempted kidnapping. But prosecutor Bryan Abanto said Li and Bayat killed Green because she feared losing custody of their two daughters. Adella is in jail and will go to court once the jury trial wraps up.
Two weeks before the trial, it came to light that Adella allegedly sent threatening messages to a defense witness. As a result, prosecutors dropped him as a witness.
Adella pleaded no contest last year to a charge that alleges he disposed of Green’s body in Sonoma County. Because of Adella reneging on the plea deal, he is in jail on no bail and will be back in court once the jury trial is completed.