A Netanya court on Tuesday extended the remand of 34-year-old Hamara Temisgin by six days, one day after he was arrested on suspicion of murdering his 35-year-old wife in their Netanya home on Monday night.
Police allege Temisgin slit the throat of his wife, Dehainesh Orly Temisgin, in their apartment on Sderot Ben-Zvi before fleeing.
Neighbors alerted police to the scene in the city's Dora neighborhood after hearing the woman screaming, but when police broke into the apartment, they found her dead.
The husband was caught later Monday night with the help of a police helicopter.
Temisgin has denied the charges against him.
Police originally asked for an 11-day remand extension, arguing that they needed more time to investigate the case.
Temisgin's lawyer, Avi Himi, said the 11-day remand request was too long, arguing that police never performed a physical examination of the suspect to determine whether or not he had any injuries that would indicate he was involved in a violent crime.
Himi also cited the fact that no one reported seeing Temisgin flee the scene, and there was no blood on his clothes and that police did not supply an Amharic speaker to interrogate him.
Police said Tuesday they believe the murder followed an argument over Dehainesh's desire to get a job. Police also suspect Hamara was drunk.
The woman had never filed a complaint over domestic violence, police added, though it emerged in the remand hearing that there was a domestic violence complaint filed in 1999 which was later closed.
MK Shlomo Mula (Kadima) attended the remand and asked the judge on behalf of the victim's family if her autopsy could be performed by a doctor of their choosing. The judge said the court would try to honor the request, but time constraints and burial demands may not allow it.
Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.