Cash App founder Bob Lee died during surgery from puncture wounds to his heart and lungs.
Doctors at San Francisco General Hospital spent hours trying to close the wound on Lee’s heart and save his life, according to an 18-page autopsy report released Tuesday.
But despite their efforts, the 43-year-old Cash App founder was pronounced dead at 6:49am on April 4.
Toxicology tests also found alcohol, cocaine, ketamine and allergy medications in his system.
However, the doctor believes that the cause of Mr. Li’s death was multiple stab wounds, and the manner and manner of death belonged to sharp weapon homicide.
Nima Momeni, a 38-year-old technical consultant, was charged with murder.
Mr Lee and Momeni knew each other and were apparently seen together in a car shortly before the stabbing.
If Momeni is convicted, he could face up to 26 years in prison.
Momeni’s plea hearing was postponed to May 18 after his defense attorneys asked for more time.
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Prosecutors allege Momeni allegedly took Mr. Li to a secluded location in San Francisco and stabbed him in the face of an dispute involving the suspect’s sister.
Dr. Kendall Von Crowns, chief medical examiner for Tarrant County, Texas, said an autopsy showed Mr. Li had the alcohol content of a bottle of beer in his system.
Dr. Von Crowns added that traces of ketamine could also be linked to the hospital’s anesthetic.
But Mommeni’s defense suggested the autopsy’s findings were significant.
Outside court, Momeni’s lawyer Paula Canny said: “Bob Lee had a lot of drugs in his system.
“What happens to people who take drugs? In general, they act like drug users, and drug users act like they are not themselves, not getting away with it.”
“Just being a little illusory, making bad decisions, doing bad things,” she added.
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In court documents, it was revealed that CCTV footage and testimony from Mr Lee’s friend – who was with him on the afternoon and evening before his death – led investigators to Momenay.
The friend told police the two met Momeni’s sister, Khazar Elyassnia, in an apartment while she was drinking with another unidentified man, the documents show.
The friend said he and Mr. Lee left the apartment and went to Mr. Lee’s hotel room.
Prosecutors said he witnessed a conversation in which Mommeni asked the victim if his sister was “taking drugs or doing anything inappropriate.”
After the friend and Mr Lee parted ways at around 12.30am, the Cash App founder can be seen in CCTV footage entering the high-end Millennium Building, where public records show Elyassnia and her husband Dino Elyassnia owned a unit.
Shortly after 2 a.m., Lee and Momeni left the building and drove away in the suspect’s car.
Prosecutors say killings took place in row after row of secluded locations
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Prosecutors said Momeni drove the car to a dark and secluded place, parked the car, and after the two got out of the car, they attacked Li with a kitchen knife and stabbed him three times, one of which was in the heart.
Mr Lee’s death has rocked the tech industry, with friends and former colleagues mourning the father they described as bright, sociable and doting on his two children.
Lee is best known for creating the widely used mobile payments service Cash App during his tenure as CTO of payments company Square (now known as Block).