Eliran Malul was indicted on Tuesday for murdering his wife, Michal Sela, in October.
According to the indictment, he attacked Sela in the presence of their baby daughter and stabbed her 11 times. He then remained with Sela’s body for almost a day until it was found.
If convicted, he will face a life sentence.
The Jerusalem District Court ruled that Malul should be held without bail until the end of the trial. The next hearing will take place on December 2.
His attorney, Michael Ironi, asked the court to hold the trial in camera due to the defense that his client plans to adopt.
According to the indictment, the murder took place at 1:20 A.M. on October 2. But it wasn’t until almost a day later that Sela’s body was discovered, when Malul, who was severely wounded from an attempt to kill himself, took the baby to a neighbor and asked her to care for the girl before collapsing on her doorstep.
Malul attacked Sela shortly after she returned from an empowerment workshop, the indictment said. She had gone into the baby’s room, and he struck her in the head there. He then dragged his bleeding wife from the room, grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her in several places, including her head, face and chest, as she vainly tried to push him away.
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The stab wounds damaged major blood vessels in her neck, as well as a lung and other internal organs. She bled copiously and eventually died of her injuries.
Malul killed Sela “with unusual cruelty,” the indictment said, “as demonstrated by his attacking her in their baby daughter’s presence, injuring her head, dragging her and stabbing her over extensive portions of her upper body as she tried to defend herself with the last of her strength.”
It also said Malul had been possessive of Sela, demanding that she sever ties with other couples and female friends, and Sela had been considering divorcing him. She had discussed her difficulty in making a decision with relatives and friends, “and even wrote about it on several occasions.”
Sela’s sister, Lily Ben-Ami, said on Tuesday that 40 days after Sela’s death, “it’s impossible to wake up from the nightmare.” Malul’s “horrible, cruel acts” are gradually being revealed, she added, and it’s now clear that “Michal was murdered by a man she trusted, who entered her heart and home and exploited her goodness – a man who had promised to see to her happiness and safety.”