Nima Momeni is set to face trial after being accused of fatally stabbing Bob Lee, the founder of Cash App. A judge decided on Tuesday, ruling that there is sufficient evidence for Nima Momeni to be charged with murder, ABC7 News reported.
Nima Momeni’s Defense
During the preliminary hearing, witness testimonies were presented, shedding light on the tragic incident. Krista Lee, Bob Lee’s ex-wife, expressed her disgust at the multiple stabbings that led to her former husband’s death.
Nima Momeni’s defense team attempted to portray the two individuals as friends, arguing that no malice existed between them. They even sought the consideration of a manslaughter charge instead of murder, but the judge rejected this request. Despite the outcome, Nima Momeni’s defense maintained that the hearing was utilized as a learning experience and not an opportunity to present their full case.
The District Attorney’s Office presented facts indicating that Nima Momeni was the last person seen with Lee and had driven him to a location where traces of Lee’s blood were discovered. Furthermore, Nima Momeni’s DNA was found on the handle of the murder weapon, and Lee’s DNA was found on the blade. Interestingly, a knife of the same brand as the murder weapon was found in Nima Momeni’s sister’s apartment, yet she declined to be interviewed by the San Francisco Police Department.
Nima Momeni’s Defense Team Challenge Arguments
Nima Momeni’s defense team attempted to challenge these arguments, claiming that the brand of the knife was common and that the murder weapon and the knife found in Nima Momeni’s sister’s apartment had differing levels of wear. They also highlighted that when Lee called 911, he stated that someone had stabbed him but did not mention Nima Momeni by name. However, the defense clarified that these challenges were merely part of their preliminary hearing strategy.
Nima Momeni’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 15, during which his attorney is expected to enter another not guilty plea. The defense intends to file a motion for a new detention hearing at a later date. For now, Nima Momeni remains in custody, awaiting his trial.