Moshe Gedalia of Beit She'an was indicted on Thursday for murdering his wife Dikla on August 26.

The couple began having disagreements a few months ago and their relationship deteriorated drastically, according to the indictment filed in the Nazareth District Court. Dikla then told her husband she wanted a divorce, and Gedalia, 39, started to abuse her.

He fired her from her job in the restaurant he owned, spoke to her coarsely, told the local grocery not to give her credit, refused to give her money and took away her gas company credit card. Left with no money, Dikla was forced to ask her family to help buy staples for her and her children, the indictment said.

Gedalia also threatened to murder her on several occasions, including when her relatives were present.

Eventually, he decided to kill her, and made various preparations, the indictment said. A few days before the murder, he filled two bottles with flammable material. A few hours before the murder, he informed his employees at the restaurant that it would be closed the next day.

On the night of the murder, at about 11:30 P.M., Gedalia grabbed his wife and started beating her, the indictment said. She screamed for help and her two daughters tried to intervene, but she yelled at them to get out so they wouldn't be hurt.

Gedalia then grabbed them by their shirts, threw them out of the house and locked them out, after which they ran to their grandparents' home to call for help.

Next, Gedalia took a knife and stabbed his wife several times, the indictment said. Dikla tried to defend herself, but to no avail.

After the murder, he tried to burn the body with the liquid he had bought, but the daughters returned with their grandmother before he had succeeded, they indictment said. They found Dikla dead in a puddle of blood in the living room, whereupon Gedalia fled the scene.