Security Guard Who Shot Wife in Front of Daughter Charged With Murder

According to indictment he shouted 'damn you' as he shot her while they were driving in a car; 14-year-old daughter will be main witness at trial.

A security guard who shot his wife in front of their 14-year-old daughter last month was charged with murder Friday morning at the Central District Court.

According to the indictment, the woman informed her husband two weeks before her death that she intended to divorce him, left their home and moved with the couple's two daughters to live at her sisters, but apparently, her husband did not accept her decision.

The man, a 52-year-old security guard from the center of Israel, said that the shooting was an accident and that he would not plead insanity. Despite his claim, immediately after the shooting he told a policeman who arrived at the scene that he shot her because she was making his life hard and that it was due to "insanity."

The event took place on the evening of March 26, when the defendant requested that his wife pick him up and take him to Petah Tikva. The couple's car remained in the woman's custody and since their separation she often gave him rides. She picked him up from his father's house at 8:50 P.M. According to the indictment, the man entered the car armed with the gun he was supposed to carry only during his working hours as a security guard. The gun was strapped to his belt. He sat in the front seat next to his wife. The couple picked up their two daughters and let one off at a friends house in Petah Tikva.

During the course of the ride the woman tried to persuade the defendant that the divorce would be a good move for both. When the couple approached the Ein Ganim Interchange, on the road between Petah Tikva and Rosh Ha'ayin, he requested that the woman pull over, saying that he had to get off. As they were speaking, he pulled out the handgun, cocked it, clutched the woman's head with his left hand and shot her, saying "damn you." The couple's 14-year-old daughter, who was seated in the back seat immediately, ran off. According to the indictment, the defendant later shot his wife once more, as he wasn't certain she died from the first shot.

The daughter will be the main witness in the prosecution's case. She gave a detailed version of the events and according to Keren Levy, the prosecutor, from the Central District prosecution, the daughter's testimony fits the findings of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine.

The defendant's attorney, Avi Himi, said that "the defendant insists on his version that it was a sad, tragic accident, and that he had absolutely no intention of causing the woman's death. His version of events will be thoroughly examined during the trial and the ruling as to his guilt or innocence will be determined only by the court, not in the town square."