Alleged Tair Rada Killer on Trial Today

Eli Ashkenazi
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Eli Ashkenazi

The trial of Roman Zadorov, who is charged with murdering Tair Rada, 13, in the bathroom of her school last December, begins today in Nazareth District Court.

According to the indictment, which was issued about six weeks ago, Zadorov, who was conducting renovation work at Nofei Golan School at the time of the murder, slit Rada's throat and stabbed her in the school bathroom. No motive for the murder was given.

In the opening court session, defense attorneys David and Galil Spiegel are expected to request a separate hearing on the admissibility of Zadorov's confession and reenactment of the murder. They are also expected to argue that their client gave contradictory statements concerning some of his actions and has never indicated the location of the knife used to kill Rada.

The Spiegels are likely to focus on the psychological factors that impelled Zadorov to confess.

According to the indictment, Rada, who had skipped her last two classes the day she was murdered and was sitting with friends in the school courtyard, entered the building at 1:30 P.M. and headed to the second-floor girls' bathroom. Zadorov, who had just left the school bomb shelter where he was working, followed Rada with the aim of killing her.

The charge sheet states that Rada entered a stall, but Zadorov blocked her from closing the door. He allegedly pulled out a box cutter and slit her throat, and then stabbed her in the neck, chest, face and arms. Zadorov then locked the stall from inside and stepped on Rada's body before climbing over the door.

According to the indictment, Zadorov went downstairs to the first-floor boy's bathroom, where he washed Rada's blood from the knife and himself before returning to the shelter. He then changed his clothes and continued to work until 5:30 P.M. The charge sheet states that he replaced the blade in the box cutter and then hid both the old blade and his pants.

Police criticized

Zadorov was arrested five days after the murder. Throughout the investigation Rada's parents and their lawyer, Moshe Meroz, have criticized the police's work and the decision to charge Zadorov with their daughter's murder. Zadorov confessed and even reenacted the murder for police, but he later retracted his confession. The Radas claim the police never thoroughly investigated the possibility that the murder was carried out by teens.

The police claim there is a "high probability" that footprints found on Rada's pants as well as various types of biological evidence connect Zadorov to the crime. They also claim that he confessed again two days after retracting his original confession, a contention refuted by Zadorov's defense team.

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