REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (KRON) — The man who admitted to dumping homicide victim Keith Green’s body will soon be released from jail.
Olivier Adella, the body guard of Hillsborough heiress Tiffany Li and her ex-fiance Kaveh Bayat, appeared in court wearing inmate clothing as prosecutor Brian Abanto announced no further charges will be filed against him in connection to Green’s death.
A jury found Li not guilty of murder and conspiracy last month, and the jury split 6-6 over Bayat’s guilt, resulting in a mistrial for him.
Since then, prosecutors have weighed a heavy decision over whether to pursue murder charges against Adella and retry Bayat.
On Thursday Adella’s defense attorney requested that the former MMA fighter be released immediately from jail on his own recognizance, but Judge Robert Foiles denied it. Foiles cited that Adella had disobeyed his orders forbidding him from contacting any witnesses before the Li-Bayat murder trial began. The judge told Adella that he will remain behind bars with no bail until he is sentenced on Jan 10.
As part of a plea deal, Adella pleaded no contest to being an accessory to murder after the fact, but he has already served enough time in jail to fulfill the maximum 3-year sentence possible for the felony charge.
“There is no reason to keep him in custody at this point. We are just wasting money,” Adella’s defense attorney Dek Ketchum said. “The fair thing to do would have been to release him today.”
One of Green’s friends told KRON4 Thursday that, with Adella and potentially Bayat walking free, he does not feel safe. “I can’t believe what’s going on,” he said.
According to Abanto, Green was murdered in April of 2016 when Li lured him to her Hillsborough mansion to be shot by Bayat, and they drove the body to Adella’s apartment in Burlingame.
Adella has said in the past that “the body was delivered to him. He panicked and got rid of it,” Ketchum said.
“He obviously deeply regrets doing that. He wishes he hadn’t, but he did,” Ketchum told KRON4.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Adella was motivated by “greed.” Investigators believe Adella was given a large amount of cash in exchange for joining the plot. Money was also the motive released by investigators for Li and Bayat allegedly wanting to kill Green. Prosecutors said Bayat wanted to replace Green as the new love in Li’s life, and Li wanted to get rid of Green because he was frequently pressuring her to give him more money from her family’s fortune. Li had previously told police that Green attempted to give up all child custody rights in exchange for millions of dollars. Green’s mother said he was a devoted father and his character was not accurately painted during the trial.
A hearing for Bayat is scheduled for Dec. 19, when prosecutors are expected to announce if they will put him on trial again. He remains behind bars in lieu of $35 million bail.
Meanwhile, 34-year-old Li is traveling in China, sources said. Her defense attorney said the young millionaire will focus on her two daughters and regaining custody. Green was the father of Li’s young daughters.
Green’s mother remains convinced that Li was instrumental in carrying out the murder, described her as “evil,” and said “karma” will ultimately achieve justice.
Jurors from the first trial have declined to be interviewed by reporters.
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