BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the strangling of a woman in Southern California (all times local):

4 p.m.

A dentist charged with strangling his mother at her Beverly Hills home has pleaded not guilty to murder for financial gain.

Thirty-six-year-old Daniel Simon Yacobi of Bel Air entered the plea Wednesday. Prosecutors haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty.

Yacobi's 67-year-old mother, Violet Yacobi, was pronounced dead at her home last October. Police say Yacobi and the woman's daughter called 911 to report finding her unconscious and not breathing.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, although prosecutors say she actually was killed the day before.

Authorities haven't released details of a motive.

Yacobi has several dental offices in the Los Angeles area.


12:05 p.m.

A prominent dentist has been charged with murder in the strangling death of his 67-year-old mother in Beverly Hills.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says the count against 36-year-old Daniel Simon Yacobi includes a special circumstance allegation of murder for financial gain.

Arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Violet Yacobi was found dead at her Beverly Hills home last year on Oct. 10. Coroner's officials determined she'd been strangled and ruled the death a homicide.

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Police on Monday arrested her son, who has a several dental offices in the Los Angeles area. A message left on a number for Daniel Yacobi was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Yacobi faces death or life in state prison without the possibility of parole if convicted as charged.


9:05 a.m.

Police investigating the death of a 67-year-old woman found strangled in Beverly Hills have arrested her adult son, who was allegedly motivated by financial gain.

Violet Yacobi died Oct. 10 after paramedics responded to reports of an unconscious woman at a home. Coroner's officials determined she'd been strangled and ruled the death a homicide.

Police on Monday arrested 36-year-old Daniel Yacobi on suspicion of murder. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.

City News Service reports Yacobi is expected to make his initial court appearance Wednesday.

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