Ghazal Jessica Mansury, 42, pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of 79-year-old Mehria Mansury. If convicted she faces 25-years to life in prison.
Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood asked Judge Lorna Alksne to set bail at up to $5 million.
“The defendant has connections in other countries,” said Greenwood. “We believe she was born in Jordan and her family was originally from Afghanistan.”
Alksne ultimately decided on $2 million bail.
San Diego police said Ghazal Mansury killed her mother and left her body in the vicinity of San Vicente Oaks Road and Wild Cat Canyon Road.
Prior to the discovery of the body, crews spent nearly a week searching for Mehria Mansury, who was reported missing on September 24.
Investigators have given limited details, but Greenwood said a lot more information will be revealed at the preliminary hearing.
“We don’t want to tip peoples’ hands as to what we know,” said Greenwood.
Ghazal Mansury was arrested Thursday, the same night police also questioned her boyfriend, Lucio Moreno. Moreno was later released, but investigators said more arrests could be coming.
Officials are continuing to ask for help from the public.
“If the public has any information regarding the last known sighting of the victim of this case, her disappearance, or if anyone ever saw anything suspicious out at the Barona location where the body was found, we would be certainly very eager to talk to them,” said Greenwood.
The preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for October 21.