A prominent California dentist plead not guilty to murder today to strangling his mother to death last October for financial gain, prosecutors said.
Daniel Simon Yacobi, 36, was charged with strangling his mother, 67-year-old Violet Yacobi, who was found dead in her Beverly Hills home on October 10. Her daughter made a 911 call after finding her mother unconscious and not breathing, Fox News reports.
The Coroner’s office determined she has been strangled and ruled her death a homicide. Despite being pronounced dead on the scene, prosecutors say she was killed the day before.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said that the case against Yacobi includes a special circumstance allegation of murder for financial gain.
Authorities have not yet revealed a motive.
In an eerie turn of events, Yacobi took to Facebook last month to remember his mother’s “unrelenting and everlasting love.”
Here’s his post in it’s entirety:
Today marks the day that my mom would have been 68 years old and not a day goes by that I think about her. She was an amazing mom who wanted nothing more than to see her children and loved ones happy around her and would do all in her power to achieve it.
She had an everlasting presence that made those around her feel comfortable and joyous seeking her companionship and love. Her unrelenting and everlasting love held our family together to give us strength necessary to endure moments of struggle and consternation allowing us to grow and blossom.
I will never forget the hockey games and the trips around the world we shared together. She always shared a positive outlook on the world around even at the darkest hours and provided us with unique tools and the right mindset overcome any obstacle in our path. I remember she always would always take moments to appreciate the fine moments of life; graduating dental school, getting married, raising a beautiful daughter (Evie) and always reminded us to do the same. To seize the day and appreciate that which you do have what her favorite moto.
She always thank God for all that she did have and always saw life as full rather than empty. Mom I love you and miss you dearly. No words can express what you mean to me and I know you and Dad are up there smiling down upon us now. Love you dearly!
He also shared a post of her days after she was found dead.
Here’s the post in it’s entirety:
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we must relay this news.
Violet Yacobi, the most loving grandmother, doting mother, thoughtful daughter, supportive sister, joyful aunty and truest friend- was taken too soon from us.
Anyone who had the chance to know her would agree, that she was radiant, affectionate, nurturing and kind.
She was always quick and ready to help those whom she loved and cared for. She never hesitated. Her heart overflowed with compassion and love- for her friends and family alike.
She brought so much happiness into this world.
She reminded us to appreciate the little things in life. To celebrate even the smallest of good news. Violet even had the gift to make the hardest and most painful times- positive, happier and comforting.
She reminded us to live life with open hearts.
“Life is a blessing and a gift given to each of us.”
Above all, she reminded us to make the most of our lives, and fill them with love.
We mourn and grieve now, but I feel that Violet would want us to remember the good times. To remember her smile, open arms and the warmth of her heart.
She would want us to love and support each other in these difficult times.
We will always love you.
We will never forget you, Violet.
You will always be in our hearts- irreplaceable.
May you rest in peace.
-Funeral Services will be held tomorrow 10/18/17 at 10 AM. Mount Sinai (Near Forest Lawn)
-ASJ & Family”
If found guilty, prosecutors say Yacobi could face death or life without the possibility of parole, although they have not said yet if they will seek the death penalty.
Yacobi owns several dental offices in the Los Angeles area.