It was disclosed, Monday that the central suspect in the killing of Mohammed Abu-Khdeir of the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shu'afat is a 29-year-old resident of a community close to Jerusalem who has been under psychiatric care for two years after trying to strangle his baby daughter. Charges were not brought for lack of evidence. Two relatives are suspected of helping him kill Abu-Khdeir. The exact identities of the three are still under a gag order.
While charges will be filed soon, it will be up to the court to decide if the defendant is responsible for his actions and fit to stand trial. Even if he is found fit to stand trial, his defense attorneys can seek reduced punishment.