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Nearly two months after his arrest, suspected serial killer Fyodor Beizhneri made his first public comments on Monday, denying he killed the four women police believe he murdered.
“I know I didn’t do this. I miss my family and children,” Beizhneri said, before a line of reporters at his remand hearing at the Haifa Magistrate’s Court, where his remand was extended for three days.
Prosecutors decided not to submit a pre-indictment motion on Monday, though an indictment is expected as early as later this week. Investigators have stated that they have forensic evidence directly linking Beizhneri to two of the murders. The lack of forensic evidence connecting him to those killings has delayed the issuing of the indictment, as police continue to work the case.
Beizhneri and his attorney have denied that he killed any of the victims, though he allegedly admitted to having sexual relations with three of the victims.
Beizhneri has already been in the custody of Coastal District police for 53 days, though the case was only first reported last week, after a 46-day media ban. Police announced that they had arrested a suspect believed to be involved in a series of violent sexual assaults, and released his name and picture in order to find more victims.
Police accuse Beizhneri of murdering two women in Haifa in 2013, one in Ashdod in March, and one in south Tel Aviv in January. All four victims were killed in their apartments, which were then set on fire.
The Beizhneri investigation has been one of the more intensive carried out by police in recent years, involving detectives from across the country, including a special task force set up by the Yiftach subdistrict, which covers south Tel Aviv, and the special investigations branch of the Lachish and Coastal Districts.
Beizhneri is a 26-year-old native of Moldova and father of two who immigrated to Israel four years ago with his then-wife Nadia. The couple lived on Kibbutz Tze’elim and later in Haifa, where he allegedly killed his first two victims.
A gag order remains on most of the investigation, including the location and details of the murders.