A 26-year-old man was charged on Thursday with murdering his mother, an act he committed because he suspected her of having an extramarital affair.
According to the indictment filed in the Haifa District Court, the man's mother left home in late July and went to live with her sister in a neighboring town after her son had threatened to kill her.
Two days later, the indictment said, the man armed himself with a gun and went to the town where his mother had sought refuge. First, he looked for her at his grandmother’s house, but after failing to find her there he tried another house in town.
When he opened the door, he saw his mother sitting near the kitchen and fired six bullets at her from close range. He then fled and was arrested soon afterward.
The indictment charged him with premeditated murder, “in cold blood, without any provocation having occurred shortly before the deed, under circumstances in which he could think about and understand the consequences of his actions, and after having equipped himself in advance with the handgun used to kill the deceased.”
On the day of the murder, police also arrested the defendant’s father, the murdered woman’s husband. The man was released after police concluded that he wasn’t involved in the murder.
A gag order was slapped on the investigation when it began, but was lifted on Thursday under certain restrictions. One of those restrictions is that no identifying details about the people involved can be published.
Attorney Hana Boulos, who is representing the defendant, told Haaretz that his client denies the charges and accuses the police of conducting the investigation negligently. “The prosecution erred in its judgment, because the evidence doesn’t offer any potential for convicting the defendant, and our position is that there wasn’t enough evidence to file an indictment,” he said.
Noting that the man’s father was also initially suspected but later released with charge, Boulos added: “We believe we’ll prove the defendant’s innocence as well.”
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