Court Rules 1997 Murder of Famous Actress Was Perpetrated by Her Boyfriend

Jerusalem family court rules that Anat Elimelech, whose body was found laying next to her boyfriend, was indeed killed by him; Police originally believed incident to be suicide.

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Actress Anat Elimelech, whose body was found along with her boyfriend in 1997, was killed at the hand of her boyfriend, a Jerusalem court officially concluded on Tuesday.

On Dec 2, 1997, Elimelech and her boyfriend David Afuta were found dead in Afuta's Jerusalem apartment. The first on the scene were Afuta's brothers, Yosef and Shmuel. Allegedly, seeing the gun near Afuta's hand, the pair moved it to Elimelech's hand to create the appearance that she had murdered Afuta and committed suicide. Police later claimed that forensic tests revealed that Afuta had fired the gun and not Elimelech. However, early reports claimed Elimelech may have been the murderer.

Anat Elimelech with boyfriend David Afuta

Jerusalem's family court ruled on Tuesday that David's brother Yosef had indeed tampered with evidence in the crime scene.

The case has worked its way through the legal system for years, after police originally suspected the incident to be a murder-suicide.

In 2005, the Elimelech family filed a NIS 9.25 million lawsuit for damages to them and Elimelech's estate. The suit alleges NIS 6 million in lost earnings and NIS 3 million in damage to Elimelech's reputation and to the family's good name, emotional pain and suffering and police negligence for allowing the brothers into the crime scene and for causing or not preventing the misleading news items that suggested that Elimelech was the murderer.

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