Newly launched photographs present tech founder Bob Lee with accused killer Nima Momeni within the elevator of a San Francisco condominium constructing minutes earlier than he was fatally stabbed.
Lee, 43, is seen in surveillance footage leaving the Millennium Tower, the place he had visited his party paland alleged lover Khazar Elyassnia, within the early morning hours of April 4. In one freeze-frame he’s wanting on the man throughout from him, who police say then viciously killed him.
The photographs, launched in court papers related to Momeni’s case, is one in every of a handful of photographs exhibiting the moments earlier than and instantly after Lee was stabbed and left to die.
Lee was since discovered to have had cocaine and ketamine in his system on the time of his dying and experiences revealed he frequented drug and intercourse events with married Elyassnia, who’s Momeni’s sister.
The photographs additionally present Lee standing within the entryway as he arrived on the Millennium Tower at 12:39 a.m.
The pair was noticed within the elevator collectively roughly 90 minutes later, NBC reported, after which strolling collectively to a white BMW ready outdoors the constructing.
Lee is seen carrying dark-colored apparel, whereas Momeni, 38, seems to be wearing a jacket, pants and a winter hat. They enter the BMW convertible simply after 2 a.m.
The closing two surveillance photographs present Lee close to the crime scene and the world the place he referred to as police and finally collapsed, the report stated.
Prosecutors say Elyassnia was with Lee on the day he died and texted him across the identical time he was stabbed and bled out on a San Francisco avenue.
“Just needed to verify your doing okay Cause I do know nima got here wayyyyyy down exhausting on you,” she allegedly wrote.
“And thanks for being such a category man dealing with it with class. Love you Selfish pricks.”
Police don’t suspect she was concerned in his homicide, however investigators imagine her brother angrily confronted Lee about his sister’s alleged drug use and “inappropriate” conduct.
Lee, who had lately moved to Miami, was found in San Francisco’s Rincon Hill neighborhood “violently bleeding” from a number of stab wounds.
He called 911 shortly after he was stabbed on April 4, when a dispatcher reportedly there was “a male screaming ‘assist,’ saying ‘somebody stabbed me’ … Advised he’s bleeding out.”
Sources advised the Wall Street Journal Lee, who had lately separated from his spouse, had develop into sucked into town’s underground party scene, identified in rich circles as “The Lifestyle.”
Momeni is accused of taking Lee to a secluded avenue and stabbing him repeatedly with a kitchen knife in what police referred to as a “deliberate and deliberate” assault.
The IT guide was arrested greater than per week after Lee’s dying. He was charged with homicide and has pleaded not responsible.
Momeni is predicted to look in court docket for a preliminary listening to subsequent week.
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