Scene of stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.
(photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
The blood of a teenage murder suspect was found on the knives police say he used to stab his girlfriend’s twin sister last month it emerged during a remand hearing for David Eran Monday.
Eran, 18, is suspected of stabbing to death Hili Sobol, who was found with stab wounds across her body outside the entrance to her family’s apartment in Tel Aviv on February 18. That same day police arrested Eran and his girlfriend, Hili’s twin sister, Shiri, both of whom were at the scene of the crime.
Police believe that both were part of the planning of the murder and that the high number of stab wounds across her entire body would indicate that there were most likely two blades used, though only Eran’s blood was found on the knives.
At their remand hearing on Monday, Judge Ronit Poznanski-Katz said that police investigators had shown her a large number of text messages sent from Hili’s phone before the murder that strengthen the police contention that she was involved in planning the murder of her sister.
Shiri’s attorney, Gil Friedman, said that his client continues to deny any involvement in the murder. Friedman also said that during a confrontation police arranged between her and Eran she told him, “You ruined my life!” On Monday, Poznanski- Katz extended Eran’s remand by eight days and that of Shiri by seven.
So far in the investigation, police have not differentiated between the two suspects in terms of the charges they expect them to face, even if Eran is the only one who stabbed Hili.
Shiri called police to report the murder, saying that she heard her sister being stabbed outside the apartment after Hili took a phone call and stepped outside.
She later sent pictures to her friends of her sister’s body and of police patrol cars parked outside the house.
Shiri has denied the charges against her and Eran has maintained his right to remain silent.