Murder suspect arraigned

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2005

Adam Israel, the 22-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing his mother, was arraigned in Anchorage Superior Court on Thursday afternoon on a grand jury indictment charging him with the crime.

Third District Presiding Judge Dan A. Hensley arraigned Israel on one count of first-degree murder, as charged by the Kenai Grand Jury on Feb. 4.

Israel had been placed on suicide watch by the Department of Corrections and was moved to Anchorage for supervision.

Hensley set the next appearance dates in Kenai as March 30 for an omnibus hearing, April 6 for trial call and April 11 for jury trial. The trial dates are not expected to remain as set.

According to Soldotna police, Israel became angry with his mother, 44-year-old Dorothy Israel, during a heated argument Jan. 29, in the family residence on West Little Avenue, and stabbed her with a kitchen knife.

He then called 911 at 12:13 p.m., according to Soldotna Police Sgt. Tod McGillivray, reporting the stabbing.

Dorothy Israel was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital, where she died around 1 p.m. Her body was taken to Anchorage for an autopsy.

Police and investigators from the state Crime Detection Laboratory are continuing an investigation.

Adam Israel remains in custody on $500,000 cash-only bail with a court-approved third-party custodian required if he is to be released.

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