Fourteen months after Haifa burial society head Benny Hesse was gunned down outside his Haifa home, the Haifa District Attorney on Thursday charged a 40-year-old man, Itzhik Hazan, with his murder.
Hesse, who was aged 68 at the time of his murder, had been director of the Haifa Hevra Kadisha since 1985.
He was gunned down on Haifa's Sinai Street in January 2011, in a slaying that sent shockwaves through the Orthodox community. The police immediately launched a murder investigation, and on Wednesday announced that they had a breakthrough last November when a worker found a handgun wrapped in socks and hidden at a Beit Shemesh mikveh.
Police said that gun was traced to Hazan.
According to the indictment, filed in the Haifa District Court on Thursday, Hazan, a Beit Shemesh resident, decided to kill Hesse sometime in early January 2011.