Afula Teenager Indicted for Murder of Childhood Friend Who Gave Up the 'Life of Crime'

According to the charge sheet, the suspect lured the victim to a spot by enlisting the help of a young woman and then stabbed him to death.

Elizabeth Crandal was charged with assault, conspiracy to commit murder and obstruction of justice.
Gil Eliahu

A 17-year-old Afula resident was indicted on Tuesday for murdering a childhood friend, Yuval Osadon, also a 17-year-old resident of the town.

According to the charge sheet, the suspect – whose name cannot be released because he is a minor – lured the victim to a spot by enlisting the help of a young woman and then stabbed him to death.

The woman, 19-year-old Elizabeth Crandal, of Katzrin, was charged with assault, conspiracy to commit murder and obstruction of justice. The minor was charged with murder, kidnapping, conspiracy to murder and obstruction of justice. Osadon, a 12th grade student, was stabbed to death in Afula on April 16. Crandal met with him before the murder, and was found in the area by police a short time after the murder. She provided the police with information on the suspect and the events.

The police say Osadon and the unnamed suspect were childhood friends, but in recent years had argued after Osadon decided to leave the world of crime. In response, the suspect decided to kill Osadon, states the indictment.

To carry out the murder, the young man approached Crandal and asked her to contact Osadon and entice him to meet her, states the indictment. She contacted Osadon via Facebook, and presented herself as someone who was interested in meeting him privately in her apartment, and even proposed doing drugs together. Osadon turned her down a number of times, but she continued to try – and kept the suspect updated at all stages. He allegedly asked her to delete all the messages and contacts between them.

Osadon finally agreed to meet Crandal at 2 A.M. on the morning of April 16 in her apartment. While on their way to her apartment, the murder suspect allegedly waited in ambush for Osadon in the stairwell of Crandal’s building, and stabbed him in the heart, leaving him covered in his blood, in critical condition. Osadon crawled out to the street while the suspect fled, states the indictment.

The suspect did not cooperate with police. “He lied like an experienced criminal,” said the police. But Crandal told the police everything, and it is believed that she did not know of the suspect’s plans for murder, but thought he planned only to beat Osadon. Her lawyer said she regretted the tragic events and never expected Osadon would be murdered, or even harmed.