An Israeli teen suspected of killing a Palestinian mother in a stoning attack claimed that DNA of his found on a stone tying him to the crime could have been residue from when he spit or urinated while taking walks through the area, according to testimony released by his attorneys on Monday.
The suspect, 16, was charged in January in the death of Aisha Rabi, 47, who was killed in October when a car she was traveling in was stoned by Israeli extremists, according to police. Prosecutors said DNA belonging to the suspect was found on a stone that hit the Palestinian vehicle. If convicted, the suspect faces a manslaughter terrorism charge which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars.
The suspect, who cannot be named because of privacy laws protecting minors, told investigators that his DNA could have wound up on the rock during an hisbodedus trip into the area.
“I smoke which causes me to spit a lot. I may have spat and (the saliva) fell on a stone, or maybe once in the last year and a half — during which I hiked and worked a great deal in the fields — I urinated on some rock or maybe I cut myself on a rock while collecting wood… I don’t know, maybe some crazy person picked up that rock and killed an Arab,” he postured.
Read more at Times of Israel.