Paula Canny, the attorney representing suspect Nima Momeni, 38, said: ‘As is standard process in high-profile cases in San Francisco, the jail always treats it as a high-risk suicide (watch).’
Speaking to the New York Post, Canny also confirmed Lee knew Momeni’s glamorous sister Khazar Elyassnia – and was closer to her than he was to Momeni himself.
Canny claimed that Lee and Khazar were good friends, and that Momeni had only met Lee through his sibling.
She said: ‘Bob Lee and his sister definitely knew each other.
‘There’s a group of well-to-do young people who liked to party.’
Lee was stabbed in the heart three times on April 4 after fighting with Momeni about Khazar, prosecutors say.
Distressing video footage first obtained by DailyMail.com showed Lee stumbling through the streets of downtown San Francisco before collapsing and dying of his wounds.
The suspected murderer is said to have been grilling Lee about whether Khazar had been ‘doing drugs or anything inappropriate.’
Khazar is married to Dr. Dino Elyassnia, one of San Francisco’s top plastic surgeons.
An unnamed witness who said he’d been friends with Bob for 10 years told police that he believed Lee and Khazar were having an intimate relationship and that her marriage might have been in ‘jeopardy.’
At 2.03am, Lee and Nima left the apartment building and got into Nima’s BMW, who’d offered to drive him to his hotel.
Instead, prosecutors say he took him to a shady downtown street, where he stabbed him three times including once in the heart, and fled.
Both he and Khazar lived in Mill Valley, an exclusive San Francisco suburb, before Lee moved to Miami in October last year.
In a text message to Lee earlier in the day, she gushed: ‘Just wanted to make sure your doing OK because I know Nima came wayyy down hard on you and thank you for being such a classy man handling it with class.