U.S. Asks Israel to Extradite American-Israeli Accused of Murdering His Mom

The indictment says he sedated his mother and stabbed her to death; justice minister calls to bring him before the court

FILE PHOTO: Illustrative photo of man under arrest
Olivia Pituasi

The United States has asked Israel to extradite a dual American-Israeli citizen accused of murdering his mother. A Jerusalem court will hear a motion to extend Tomer Yosef Gross's detention on Monday following his arrest in Herzeliya yesterday.

On the night of January 9, 2012, in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, Gross allegedly numbed his mother Ina with a sedative, put her in her car in the house garage, and stabbed her to death, the indictment claimed.

The next morning he called the ambulance service, saying he had found her body in the garage.

Samuel and Ina Gross
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Gross's lawyer, Eyal Besserglick, said that his client denies the charges against him and will fight the extradition process.

"My client was released unconditionally by the U.S. authorities after an investigation. His passport was returned to him and they told him there was no suspicion against him," Besserglick told local website Ynet news.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked ordered the prosecution to bring him before the court to have him declared extraditable to the U.S.