Murderer of Galilean teen found

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Police arrested a 17-year-old Bedouin on Wednesday for the murder of 18-year-old Maayan Ben Horin, killed more than one month ago.

Reports revealed that the boy attempted to rape Ben Horin. She tried to fight him off, but he beat her, leveling brutal blows to the head until she died. Ben Horin was found two days after her family had reported her missing.

The Northern District Central Investigative Unit began immediately processing evidence found beneath Ben Horin’s fingernails until they were able to match DNA. Some 140 suspects were tested and over 70 saliva samples were taken until it matched the DNA of the Bedouin suspect.

“A DNA test was conducted and a perfect match between the suspect and material found on the murdered was found,” said Menahem Hever, head of the northern district central unit.

The teen was taken into questioning by the Shin Bet (Israel’s Security Services). He first refused to cooperate and eventually confessed his actions, claiming he did not intend to murder Ben Horin. He even wrote a letter of apology to Ben Horin’s family.

The police, however, are skeptical of his actions.

“The suspect is manipulating things to his convenience. We can determine with certainty that this was a premeditated murder. The suspect absolutely meant for her to die,” said Hever.

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