Man Accused Of Killing Cash App Founder In San Francisco Appears In Court: Facts 'Will Come Out Over Time,' Defense Says
A Bay Area technology consultant made his first court appearance in connection with the deadly stabbing of Cash App' founder Bob Lee.
Nima Momeni, 38, did not enter a plea on a murder count during a short hearing, the Associated Press reported. He's scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, April 25.
“The facts of what occurred, or didn’t occur, will come out over time,” defense attorney Robert Canny said outside court.
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said Momeni knew Lee. While both are connected to tech companies, a possible motive for Lee's death is not clear.
As Front Page Detectives reported Thursday, Momeni is jailed without bond on murder charges. If convicted, he could receive at least 26 years in prison.
Authorities believe Lee, 43, was murdered before dawn on April 4 while visiting the Bay Area for a tech summit.
A statement from San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said Lee's death “remains an active investigation.”
Jenkins singled out Twitter executive Elon Musk for criticism this week, after he commented on social media about the Lee case.
Musk suggested “repeat violent offenders” were involved. But a check of Momeni's record shows only a 2011 arrest for carrying a switchblade, which is a misdemeanor.
“Reckless and irresponsible statements, like those contained in Mr. Musk’s tweet that assumed incorrect circumstances of Mr. Lee’s death, serve to mislead the world in its perception of San Francisco,” NBC News quoted Jenkins as saying.
Musk had not responded on Twitter as of midday Friday. Lee was an investor on Musk's SpaceX project.
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