Two Charged With Killing, Burning Israeli Man Over Drug Deal

Defendants, Israelis in their 20s, charged with the murder of Advent Shumonov, whose body was found in a burnt car a month ago

FILE PHOTO: Israeli under arrest
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Two defendants in their early 20s were charged with murder on Wednesday for the killing of 26-year-old Sderot resident Advent Shumonov and burning his body.

The murder allegedly followed a dispute over a drug deal. The defendants are Asaf Suisa, 21, of Sderot and Mor Matzlawi, 20, of Be’er Sheva.

Shumonov’s body was found in a burned out car in a forest near Sderot about a month ago. The murder followed a dispute over payment the defendants owed Shumonov for the purchase of 70 grams of marijuana, said the police.

The police say the three rode together to the forest in Shumonov’s car to complete the drug sale. The defendants allegedly convinced Shumonov to leave his gun in the car. He had received the weapon in connection with his work as a security guard. They entered the forest together on foot. The police allege the defendants beat Shumonov in the forest, brought him back to his car and then drove to a gas station where they purchased a flammable liquid, doused the car and set it alight.

The defendants reenacted the crime, investigators say, and they have other evidence linking the two to the murder, including clothing from the murder scene with blood stains.

Shumonov immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union with his family in 2000, but his family later left.