Taxi Driver Charged With Murder of Afula Teen

No motive cited for Shelly Dadon's stabbing; suspect retracted confession.

A 34-year-old taxi driver from the town of I’billin in northern Israel was indicted on Wednesday for the murder of Shelly Dadon, a 19-year-old resident of Afula, who was stabbed to death in May.

Hussein Ben Yussef Khalifa is accused of murder, illegal possession of a knife, and obstruction of justice. The indictment did not include a motive for the murder.

According to the indictment, Shelly Dadon left her home in Afula on the morning of May 1, en route to a job interview in Migdal Ha’emek. After taking the bus to Migdal Ha’emek, she was picked up by Khalifa, a taxi driver, and driven to an empty parking lot. There, he proceeded to stab her repeatedly as she tried to flee. Khalifa then left her body in the parking lot, later disposing of her cell phone and wallet, before cleaning his taxi, according to the indictment filed in Nazareth District Court.

Khalifa’s defense attorney stated that his client has retracted his earlier statements which were made after he was denied sleep for five days, and before he was allowed to see a lawyer.

The murder victim’s father, Yaakov Dadon, said of Khalifa: “I’ve seen a monster, not a human. The angel of death. He destroyed us... I hope he rots in jail for the rest of his life.”