Stabbing victim dead when doctor examined her

Israel trial continues this week

Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2006




Dorothy Israel came into the hospital without a pulse and was not breathing after a stabbing wound to her back left her bleeding internally and her left lung punctured, a surgeon told a Kenai jury during the murder trial of Dorothy’s son Adam Israel on Monday.

In the hospital, Dorothy’s heart exhibited electrical activity and a couple of reflexive beats, but was no longer moving blood, said Michael Todd Boling, the surgeon who declared Dorothy dead approximately 40 minutes after she was brought into Central Peninsula General Hospital on Jan. 29, 2005.

“This patient arrived without vital signs,” he said.

After revisiting the last moments of Dorothy’s life, District Attorney June Stein and public defender Marvin Hamilton tried to reconstruct the events that led up to the stabbing at the victim’s residence.

Adam, who was 22 at the time, and two other sons, who were 14 and 8, also lived at the residence.

On the day of the stabbing, law enforcement officers and medics found Adam in the residence with blood on his hands and arms standing near his mother who lay bleeding on the kitchen floor, after they responded to a 911 call dispatchers had received from Adam at 12:13 p.m. They also found Adam’s 8-year-old brother, who was sitting in the passenger seat of Dorothy’s maroon truck parked in the driveway.

That night a Soldotna police officer watched over the house and the next day crime scene experts visited the Soldotna residence.

Crime scene expert Dale Bivins, who helped process the scene, said suspect blood drops were found on the carpet rounding the corner from the upstairs hallway to the kitchen, and smears of blood on the kitchen floor and refrigerator.

He also said a track suit found resting near a counter that separated the hallway from the kitchen also had blood on it and was taken as evidence.

Four masking tape rolls found at the residence were also taken as evidence, since the handle of the blood-stained knife found on the kitchen counter was wrapped in masking tape, he said.

The four rolls of tape were found in the laundry room, kitchen, Dorothy’s bedroom and Adam’s blue jeep, which was parked beside the house.

Consulting forensics scientist James Wolfe said he matched the tape found wrapped around the kitchen knife handle to the roll of tape found in the kitchen.

A small plastic bag, plastic pen sheath and piece of aluminum foil Bivins found under the bed in Adam’s basement bedroom were also examined.

Trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol — the main psychoactive substance found in marijuana — were found in the small plastic bag, but no controlled substances were found on the pen sheath or aluminum foil.

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