Dana Bennett Murder Suspect to Undergo Psychiatric Tests

Y is suspected of involvement in murder of Israeli-American teen six years ago.

The Nazareth Magistrates Court extended the remand Wednesday of a suspect in the murder of Israeli-American teen Dana Bennett, ordering her to undergo psychiatric tests.

Y, who is suspected of involvement in the murder six years ago, had her remand extended for 15 days.

Police lifted a gag order on the six-year-old murder case Tuesday, confirming that Adwan Yahiya Farhan is suspected of killing Bennett, who disappeared in Tiberias in 2003, and at least three others.

The attorney representing Y, Issam Tanus, welcomed the court's decision.

"I am pleased that the court acceded to our request," Tanus said. "I presented to the court documents that show that the suspect has a background of psychiatric problems."

Y's mother said Tuesday that she does not believe that her daughter was involved in Bennett's murder.

"This can not be. She was in a boarding school during the same time and when she and I saw the news about Dana Bennett she did not say anything and did not behave strangely," she said.

Y's mother added that Farhan had a domineering relationship over her daughter. She said that even she and Y's grandmother had fallen victim to Farhan's violence, saying that he had robbed her of cash by threatening her with a screwdriver and had robbed the grandmother of gold and cash.

The police claim that Y cooperated with Farhan, although they agree that she also suffered from his violence.