Suspect in murder of family of 6 changes plea to not guilty
Karlik previously confessed to murdering the Osherenko family out of hatred for the father Dmitry.
Damian Karlik, who has been charged with the murder of six members of the Osherenko family in Rishon Letzion, pleaded not guilty on Sunday, just three months after confessing to the crime.
Karlik's attorney Uri Keinan appealed to the Petah Tikva Court to make the circumstances of Karlik's arrest admissible in court, in order to prove that he was arrested illegally.
Damian Karlik, 38, was arrested with his wife, parents and two other female relatives in October, shortly after the murder was uncovered, and confessed to the murder of the six members of the Osherenko family, including two children, the father Dmitry, his wife Tatiana, and the two grandparents Ludmilla and Edward.
Natalia Karlik, Damian's wife, was also arrested and charged with manslaughter for assisting her husband in planning the murder and obstruction of evidence.
Natalia Karlik's attorney's appealed to court for a two week deferral to gain enough time to respond to the charges filed against her, and the court granted their appeal.
Shortly after his arrest, police said that Karlik, 38, confessed to killing the Osherenko family out of hatred for Dmitry, whom he never forgave for firing him from his RIshon Letzion restaurant over two years ago.
"I wanted to murder Dima [Dmitry Oshrenko]. That was my whole purpose that day," Karlik told the police.
Dmitry Oshrenko fired Karlik, who was headwaiter at the Oshrenkos' high-end restaurant Premier, after accusing him of stealing a bottle of vodka. Karlik said he felt humiliated and began to nurture his hatred for his former boss.
Karlik, whom the police say is a compulsive gambler who spent huge amounts of money at gambling venues, allegedly began to plan his revenge on Oshrenko two months ago with his wife Natalya.
Investigators said they would never forget what they found at the Oshrenko house on the Saturday morning on October. "The smell, the bodies of the parents and the children together, with the smoke and the blood that was everywhere," said a senior official at the police's Central District, Commander Avi Neuman. "It was like stepping through the gates of hell."
The investigation revealed that about two months before the murder, Karlik allegedly asked his wife, who also worked at Premier, to make copies of the keys to the Oshrenkos' Nordau Street apartment. Natalya, who was very close to the Oshrenkos, was able to make the copies easily.
About a month before the murder, Karlik allegedly used the keys to enter the Oshrenko apartment and steal cash, the police say.
On the night of the murder, Karlik allegedly left his home carrying a bag containing a long knife and handcuffs, and had a can of gasoline. He rode his bike to the Oshrenko apartment a few minutes away, the police say.
According to the results of the investigation, at 2 A.M., Karlik allegedly opened the apartment door with his key and found the grandmother, Ludmilla, asleep on the living room couch and the two children, one age 3 and the other a few months, asleep in their parents' bedroom.
Karlik allegedly told the grandmother to go into another room; when she resisted he allegedly stabbed her to death. He took her body to her bed and covered her with a sheet. He then allegedly returned to the living room and sat down near a window where he could watch for the other family members to come home.
At about 5 A.M., the grandfather, Edward, arrived. Karlik allegedly attacked him when he opened the door, stabbing him repeatedly until he died.
Police say he dragged the grandfather into the parents' bedroom, where the two children, Netanel and Revital, were sleeping. He then allegedly took the grandmother's cellphone and sent a text message to Tatiana Oshrenko, Dmitry's wife, telling her to come home because Revital had a fever.
When Tatiana arrived, he allegedly handcuffed her and pushed her into the room with the sleeping children and the grandfather's body. As he was forcing her to text her husband to come home, she noticed the grandfather's body and began to scream, at which point he allegedly stabbed her repeatedly and slit her throat.
The children apparently woke up, so Karlik stabbed them repeatedly. The baby's hand was found broken; police say Karlik apparently choked him to death before stabbing him.
"I saw the little children, but I saw them as Dima's children, and I saw him before my eyes," Karlik told police.
At 5 A.M., Oshrenko came home on his motorbike, opened the door and saw Karlik. The two struggled and Oshrenko struck Karlik with his helmet. But Karlik managed to stab him repeatedly. "I took off the stocking that covered my face when Dima came home," Karlik told the police. "I wanted him to see me and remember me as I killed him."
Karlik then removed his bloodstained clothes and put them on the grandmother's bed and opened the gas valves in the apartment, which he tried to set on fire. He rode his bike to a nearby street and took a taxi to the Bat Yam beach, where he smoked a cigarette. At 8 A.M. he returned home and told his wife and father that he had killed the Oshrenko family.