Cash App founder Bob Lee’s alleged killer appeared at a San Francisco court Tuesday to be arraigned for murder, but his attorneys argued successfully, for an extension
Lee, 42, was stabbed to death on a downtown street, in the early hours of April 4, during a visit to San Francisco, allegedly by Nima Momeni, 38
Friends say he was romantically involved with Nima Momeni’s younger sister Khazar Momeni who is married to celebrity plastic surgeon Dino Elyassnia
Prosecution allege the relationship between Lee and Khazar Momeni led to a blazing row between the victim and her brother, which led to Momeni fatally stabbing Lee in his BMW
Friends allege Khazar Momeni has a drug problem – Bob Lee and Khazar reportedly, visited the home of a drug dealer on the day before his murder
‘He’s gonna plead not guilty, and he’s gonna deny the special allegation and absolutely the plea will be not guilty’, his attorney Paula Canny said
While family and friends turned up to support the defendant, his married sister, who may yet form the defense centerpiece being at the heart of an angry row between the men, was noticeably absent
Murder suspect Nima Momeni Momeni said nothing in court during his brief arraignment on Tuesday morning. He’s accused of murdering Cash App founder Bob Lee appeared in a downtown San Francisco street on April 4
Nima Momeni, the man accused of murdering Cash App founder Bob Lee appeared in a San Francisco court today as more details surrounding the case against him emerged.
Lee was murdered in the early hours of April 4 while visiting San Francisco from Miami, where he moved last year with his family.
Prosecutors have charged Momeni, an IT entrepreneur, with his death. He is the older brother of Khazar Momeni, known as Tina to her friends, who had a close friendship with Lee.
Nima Momeni appeared in court on Tuesday April 25, to be arraigned on murder charges, but his attorneys successfully pushed for an extension – ‘He’s gonna plead not guilty, and he’s gonna deny the special allegation and absolutely the plea will be not guilty’, his attorney Paula Canny said
The suspect who made his first court appearance on April 14, was was due to be arraigned today April 25, but his attorneys successfully pushed for an extension.
His defense attorney Paula Carney has indicated that her client will plead not guilty when the time comes, but that they haven’t yet been shown prosecutors’ evidence against Momeni.
He is due back in court next week.
More than a dozen of Lee’s relatives – including his children – were in the courtroom today for the hearing, but Momeni’s sister, who showed up in support last week, was noticeably absent.
The 38-year-old before he left the courtroom, hugged his attorney Paula Canny who said she is not is not convinced by the surveillance footage she has seen – which purportedly implicates her client
Momeni’s defense attorney, Paula Canny, said she is not convinced by the surveillance footage she has seen: ‘He’s gonna plead not guilty, and he’s gonna deny the special allegation and absolutely the plea will be not guilty.
‘I don’t think you can see anything in the videos,’ Carney said after his appearance.
Prosecutors had claimed the videos showed Momeni stabbing Lee in his BMW after driving him to a secluded part of town in the early hours of April 4.
Defense however said the footage was dark and difficult to make out.
Bob Lee and Khazar Momeni visited the home of a drug dealer on the day before his murder, according to new court claims. Friends have claimed Khazar was romantically involved with Lee despite being married to plastic surgeon Dino Elyassnia, and one alleged that she had a drug problem
Friends have claimed Khazar was romantically involved with Lee despite being married to plastic surgeon Dino Elyassnia, and one alleged in a recent interview with The San Francisco Standard that she had a drug problem.
‘She was basically asking me to buy drugs with my money,’ Samira Kuduzovi, who was friends with her, said.
Police sources say that on the day of his murder, Lee and Khazar visited the home of a man who has a criminal record for dealing drugs.
It’s unclear if they purchased any from him that day. A previously-filed court motion says the trio were ‘drinking’ at his home.
Defense attorney Paula Canny, representing Nima Momeni, speaking to reporters outside of a courtroom at the Hall of Justice in San Francisco, after obtaining an extension Tuesday, said her client would not be entering a guilty plea
On April 3, Lee and Momeni visited an apartment at 1500 Mission St. Police say they were visiting a man with a prior conviction for selling drugs, but could not confirm that they purchased any drugs
Khazar Momeni with her husband, plastic surgeon Dino Elyassnia, at her brother’s first court appearance on April 14. Her friends allege she was in a relationship with Lee, that she also has a drug problem. The Lee liaison appeared to bother her brother Nima
The man in question has not been named.
The apparent connection to drugs ties into an earlier claim that Lee argued with Nima Momeni about Khazar hours before the stabbing.
It was claimed by friends that Nima was concerned his sister was wrapped up in a bad crowd and had been using drugs.
Lee, according to the friends, assured him she was not.
Robert Canny, an attorney spoke on behalf of Khazar Momeni and her husband at her brother’s first court appearance.
Nima Momeni has been charged with murdering Bob Lee in an rage after grilling him about his relationship with his sister. His attorneys however, dispute the evidence of video evidence that purports to have caught him committing the crime
Authorities have not released any further details regarding illicit substances being involved in the case.
Canny, the attorney representing Nima, previously suggested police had arrested he wrong person.
‘Clearly they seem to think they have enough to make an arrest, but I haven’t seen it.
‘So, until I see it and analyze it, I’m gonna say they’ve made a mistake. There isn’t enough [to hold him].
‘My client is a super nice person, his family loves him and supports him.
‘There’s so much more to this, a much greater back story than what has been disclosed at all in the government’s pleading,’ Carney said in an interview with NBC News.
Pointing to the likely defense path – Police found a text on Bob Lee’s phone from Khazar where she told him she ‘love you’
She told The San Francisco Standard she was looking into drug use as a ‘theme’ as part of her defense.
‘We are actively investigating the background of the conduct of all the parties for the three or four days before the incident.
‘A common theme that I’m seeing is heavy illegal narcotics use,’ she said.
Local officials in San Francisco celebrated Momeni’s arrest and the fact he and Lee knew each other.
They were eager to play down fears that Lee’s death was yet another example of the random violence plaguing the city.