A San Francisco woman charged with murder in the stabbing death of a man in a San Francisco hotel room on Friday appeared in court this afternoon. Lisa Heng, 30, was scheduled to be arraigned on the murder charge in San Francisco Superior Court this afternoon, but San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi asked to postpone entering a plea until next Monday.
Heng is accused of fatally stabbing 40-year-old Sausalito resident Matt Sheahan around 6 a.m. Friday at a hotel in 1000 block of Geary Street. The two were apparently arguing in their hotel room before the stabbing occurred, according to police. Sheahan was stabbed in the upper body and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he died a few hours later, according to police.
Heng appeared in court this afternoon wearing an orange jumpsuit with her black hair worn down and wearing black thick-rimmed glasses. Adachi, who was representing Heng in court this afternoon, said this was a “very unusual case.” He said Heng was raised in San Francisco and went to elementary through high school in the city. She graduated from the Galileo Academy of Science & Technology high school.
Adachi mentioned her steady employment working with the city’s medical records and her plans to start a dialysis technician training program in the fall. He said she has no prior criminal record and her brothers and sisters were in court to support her. Three family members who attended the proceedings refused to comment this afternoon. Adachi did not go into details about the situation that led to the stabbing, but said, “It’s a pretty clear case of self-defense.” After hearing from Adachi and an assistant district attorney asking for $5 million bail, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Tracie Brown set Heng’s bail at $2.5 million.
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