The State Prosecutor's Office has decided to charge an 18-year-old Beersheba resident with murder over the stabbing of Gadi Vichman on Thursday. The State had considered an indictment on manslaughter charges but eventually decided on murder.
"It can't be murder. The indictment shows that the victim rammed into him first," Eden Ohayon's attorney said. "I am shocked that the prosecution decided to bring this charge against my client. We expected manslaughter," Rotem Tobul said.
According to the indictment, Ohayon regularly carried a kitchen knife with him. On the night of May 4, he and his friends were in a park near Vichman's building making noise.
Ohayon during reenactment (Photo: Herzl Yosef)
Vichman had gone downstairs after the teens ignored his requests to be quiet and cursed his wife. An altercation between the two developed despite pleas from both the victim's wife and Ohayon's girlfriend.
According to the indictment, Ohayon pulled his knife, "stabbed it deep into the victim's chest and then cut him across the chest."
Michal Levy in court (Photo: Eliad Levy)
The indictment states that the defendant had intentionally caused the victim's death and killed him in cold blood, unprovoked.
Vichman's widow, Michal Levy burst into tears during the arraignment. "As far as I'm concerned it was always murder," she said.
"When my daughter and I saw Gadi being stabbed with our own eyes, there was no doubt in our minds. People tried to tell me that it's manslaughter because Gadi rammed into him first but that doesn't matter."
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