By MIKEY HIRANO CULROSS
Rafu Staff Writer
A March 16 preliminary hearing date was set Friday for Jian Hong Li, the former Chetwood Hotel resident accused of the Jan. 5 murder of the hotel’s manager, Hideko Oyama.
Dressed in standard blue jail scrubs and speaking through a Cantonese interpreter, Li, 39, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Darrell Mavis that he agreed to waive his right to a hearing within 60 days of his initial arraignment, which took place on Jan 15.
Li was arrested just east of the First Street bridge in Boyle Heights on Jan. 12, a week after Oyama was found bleeding and mortally wounded on the floor of her second floor office at the Chetwood. LAPD detectives have indicated they believe robbery was the initial motive, but that something went horribly wrong and Oyama was left slashed.
Li has remained in custody on $1 million bail. If convicted, the Chinese national who immigrated from Hong Kong some 10 years ago could face life in prison.