Nima Momeni, the man accused of killing Cash App founder Bob Lee, was brought to court in San Francisco today.
Lee was killed in the early hours of April 4 while visiting San Francisco from Miami, where he had moved with his family last year.
Prosecutors charged Momeni, an IT entrepreneur, with his death. He is the older brother of Khazar Momeni, known as Tina to her friends, with whom Lee has a close friendship.
Friends have alleged Khazar was romantically involved with Lee despite her marriage to plastic surgeon Dino Elyasnia, one of them claimed in a recent interview. San Francisco standard She has a drug problem.
“She used to ask me to buy drugs with my money,” said Samira Kuduzovi, who was a friend of hers.
Nima Momeni will appear in court on Tuesday, April 25, to appear before the court on charges of premeditated murder
Momeni said nothing in court during his brief trial on Tuesday morning
The 38-year-old embraced his lawyer, Paula Kanye, before leaving the courtroom
Police sources say that on the day of his murder, Lee and Khazar visited the home of a man with a criminal record of drug dealing.
It is unclear if they bought any that day. A previously filed court application said the trio had been “drinking” at his home.
The man in question was not named.
The apparent drug connection relates to an earlier allegation that Lee argued with Nima Momeni about Khazar hours before the stabbing.
Friends alleged that Nima was worried his sister had been wrapped up in a bad crowd and was doing drugs.
She assured me, according to friends, that it was not.
Robert Kani, the attorney who spoke on behalf of Khazar Momeni and her husband at her brother’s first court appearance, did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s inquiries.
The authorities have not released any further details regarding the illegal substances involved in the case.
Bob Lee and Khazar Momeni visited the home of a drug dealer the day before he was killed, according to new court allegations
On April 3, Lee and Momeni visited an apartment at 1500 Mission St. Police say they were visiting a man who had previously been convicted of selling drugs.
Khazar Momeni with her husband, plastic surgeon Dino Eliasnia, at her brother’s first court appearance. Her friends told the San Francisco Standard that she had a drug problem
Paula Kani, the lawyer representing Naama, had earlier indicated that the police had arrested the wrong person.
They obviously thought they had enough to arrest them, but I didn’t see that.
So, until I see it and analyze it, I’m going to say they made a mistake. There is not enough (to hold him).
Nima Momeni was accused of killing Lee in a rage after he was questioned about his relationship with his sister
My client is a very nice person, his family loves and supports him.
“There’s a lot more to this – and a much larger backstory – than what was ever revealed in the government’s appeal,” she said in an interview with NBC News.
She told the San Francisco Standard that she was viewing drug use as an “issue” as part of her defense.
We are actively investigating the background of the behavior of all parties for the three or four days prior to the incident.
“The common theme I see is the excessive use of illegal drugs,” she said.
Local officials in San Francisco celebrated Momeni’s arrest and the fact that he and Lee knew each other.
They were careful to play down fears that Lee’s death was yet another example of the indiscriminate violence plaguing the city.
Police found a text message on Bob Lee’s phone from Khazar where she told him she “I love you”