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* Lester Rowe, 91,Testifies In Case Where Selma “Sally” Hill 91-Yrs, Body Found In Dumpster Rosa Hill And Mother Mei Li Charged In Case

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An elderly Dublin man testified today about his relationship with his 91-year-old girlfriend, whose battered body was found in a garbage can outside her Dublin house in January.Lester Rowe, also 91, is not a suspect in the death of Selma “Sally” Hill, but prosecutor Annie Saadi asked for today’s hearing so that his testimony could be recorded. Rowe is elderly and fighting cancer and Saadi wanted his testimony preserved in case he’s not available for a possible trial against the three suspects in the case.Police said Hill had been beaten, choked and shot with a stun gun before she died. Her body was found Jan. 7.Rosa Hill, 34, and her mother, 55-year-old Mei Li, have been charged with murdering Selma Hill and of attempting to murder Eric Hill, who was Selma Hill’s grandson and the estranged husband of Rosa Hill.Ping Li, 68, the father of Rosa Hill and the husband of Mei Li, is  charged with being an accessory in the case.Authorities allege that the crimes were committed because Rosa Hill was trying to take her 2-year-old daughter from Eric Hill.Eric Hill, who’s the father, had sole custody of the girl and was living with his grandmother, Selma Hill, at her house in the 7700 block of Peppertree Road in Dublin.Rowe testified today that he and Selma Hill “were very close” and “were lovers” and said their vows to each other in Yosemite. The two weren’t legally married, however, Saadi said during a break.Rowe said he and Selma Hill spent four days a week together but lived separately three days a week.He said that on the days they were apart they spoke to each other over the phone at regular times twice a day, at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.Rowe said that when Eric Hill moved in with Selma Hill it created some problems.Rowe said Eric Hill was messy and his grandmother had to clean up after him. She supported him to some extent and “to some degree he was taking advantage of her,” Rowe said. Rowe said he became concerned and called authorities on Jan. 7 because he had called Selma Hill seven times that day and there was no answer.At the end of today’s hearing, which was technically called a provisional examination, Alameda County Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay ordered the three defendants in the case to return to court July 6 to enter pleas and have a preliminary hearing date set.

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