Man indicted for murdering wife

Jean Spier allegedly stabbed spouse then smashed her head with a rock.

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February 2, 2012 04:36
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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.

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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 man.

When Rosalyn refused, Spier allegedly grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her several times, including on her hands.

On that 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 charges.

A day later, she was murdered.

On December 30, Rosalyn and Spier began to argue again and Spier beat and assaulted her, the indictment charges.

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 him.

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.


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