Shimon Cooper in court.
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI)
Three judges in the Lod District Court unanimously found Shimon Cooper guilty of killing two of his ex-wives on Tuesday.
The verdict came three years after the Central District Attorney’s Office filed a request to amend its indictment against the alleged serial con man on March 19, 2013 to add a charge of murdering his first wife, Orit Cooperschmid, to go along with the murder charges regarding his third wife, Jenny Cooper.
The amended indictment, including – for the first time – definitive charges against Cooper for the murder of Orit, was filed in the Lod District Court.
According to the new charges, Cooper murdered Orit and then set up a scene to make it look like she had committed suicide by overdosing. Cooper then allegedly called family members and police, covering his tracks by being the person who notified everyone.
In the original indictment, the Central District Attorney’s Office alleged that the 51-year-old Cooper was a serial con man who seduced and married his third wife Jenny Cooper and then murdered her on the night of August 20-21, 2009.
Originally, police had closed the Cooper case until Channel 2 aired a program about the alleged murders on March 25, 2010 which caused a public uproar and led to a reopening of the investigation and the eventual indictment.