Murder-for-hire of Oakland dentist suspect Nelson Chia dies in jail

Murder-for-hire of Oakland dentist suspect Nelson Chia dies in jail

OAKLAND, Calif. — A 73-year-old man arrested on suspicion of hiring somebody to kill his longtime girlfriend, a distinguished San Francisco Bay Space dentist, died by suicide whereas in police custody, authorities mentioned.

The deadly capturing of Lili Xu, 60, final August in Oakland was believed on the time to be a theft that ended with a murder. However this week investigators alleged that Nelson Chia employed Hasheem Bason, 33, to kill Xu.

Each males have been arrested Thursday on homicide costs, the Bay Space Information Group reported. The following day Chia was discovered lifeless inside a holding cell at Santa Rita Jail, based on the Alameda County Sheriff’s Division.

The killing drew consideration each due to Xu’s prominence within the Oakland Chinatown neighborhood and as a consequence of fears of anti-Asian violence, stoked by earlier hate crimes within the Bay Space.

Oakland police Chief LeRonne Armstrong mentioned at a information convention Friday that as investigators probed the case, it “didn’t appear to be a typical robbery-related homicide … one thing gave the impression to be off.”

“This isn’t a case about race or hate,” Armstrong mentioned, “however about greed.” He didn’t elaborate on the doable monetary motive behind the crime.

Alameda County District Lawyer Nancy O’Malley mentioned earlier than Chia’s loss of life grew to become identified that his homicide cost would come with a particular enhancement of in search of monetary achieve on account of the killing.

It wasn’t identified Saturday if Bason, of Stockton, has an legal professional who may communicate on his behalf. He was held with out bail and scheduled for arraignment subsequent week.

Investigators imagine Bason fired the gun that killed Xu on Aug. 21 in an Oakland neighborhood the place she and Chia had gone to go to a spa. Preliminary stories have been {that a} suspect acquired out of a automotive and tried to rob Xu of her purse earlier than capturing her and fleeing within the automobile. Chia was not injured.

Xu, who got here to the US from Shanghai in 1995, had lived within the space for many years and ran dental practices in Oakland’s Chinatown and Castro Valley, based on the Bay Space Information Group.

She and Chia had been companions for greater than a decade and had lived collectively in a house within the Oakland hills.

In case you are fighting suicidal ideas or are experiencing a psychological well being disaster and stay in New York Metropolis, you may name 1-888-NYC-WELL without spending a dime and confidential disaster counseling. For those who stay outdoors the 5 boroughs, you may dial the 24/7 Nationwide Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to

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