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The Northern District Attorney’s Office served an indictment in the Nazareth
District Court on Wednesday, charging a 47-year-old Safed resident with
murdering his wife.
Jean Spier was arrested on December 30, after
neighbors called paramedics upon discovering his wife, Rosalyn, apparently
beaten to death with a rock.
According to the indictment, Spier had been
unemployed for years, while Rosalyn worked as a house-cleaner to support them and
their four children.
In the last weeks of December, Spier began accusing
his wife of cheating on him with another man, and used this as a reason to
attempt to stop her from working, the indictment charges.
A few days
after accusing his wife of infidelity, Spier allegedly asked her to have sex
with him in order for him to check whether she had had intercourse with another
When Rosalyn refused, Spier allegedly grabbed a knife from the
kitchen and stabbed her several times, including on her hands.
occasion, Rosalyn managed to escape from the apartment, and sought refuge at a
friend’s house, but on December 29 she returned home, the indictment
A day later, she was murdered.
On December 30, Rosalyn
and Spier began to argue again and Spier beat and assaulted her, the indictment
Spier then allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed his
wife several times on her head and neck.
Rosalyn collapsed on the floor,
whereupon Spier allegedly took a large stone slab and repeatedly smashed it on
his wife’s head, until one of their children came into the apartment and stopped
The beating had fractured Rosalyn’s skull and caused severe brain
damage and internal bleeding. She died at the scene.
“[Spier] killed the
deceased in cold blood, without any provocation, and under circumstances in
which he could understand the consequences of his actions. Further, the
defendant had injured the deceased, his wife, with a steel knife on two
occasions,” the indictment charges.