BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A dentist charged with strangling his mother at her Beverly Hills home pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to murder for financial gain.
Daniel Simon Yacobi, 36, entered the plea during his arraignment. Prosecutors haven’t said whether they will seek the death penalty.
Violet Yacobi, 67, died on Oct. 10. Daniel Yacobi and the woman’s daughter had gone to the home to check on her and called 911 to say she was unconscious and not breathing, police said.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Los Angeles County coroner’s officials determined that she had been strangled and ruled her death a homicide. Prosecutors contend that she was killed a day before the 911 call was made.
Yacobi, a Bel Air resident who has several dental offices, was arrested on Monday.
Prosecutors allege that Yacobi killed his mother to get money, but details of the motive were not immediately released.
Yacobi eulogized his mother in a Facebook post on Jan. 8, which would have been her birthday.
“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,” he wrote, adding later: “Mom I love you and miss you dearly.”