The IDF’s military court handed an indictment Sunday to Maher Al-Hashalmoun, the Palestinian terrorist who murdered 26-year-old Dalia Lemkos as she waited at a bus stop in Gush Etzion.
Al-Hashalmoun was indicted for causing death with intent and various additional charges for the attack outside the town of Alon Shvut, south of Jerusalem.
According to the indictment, he planned his attack in advance and went out looking to kill a Jew using his car – imitating several previous attacks targeting Israeli civilians. He also acquired two knives to use in the attack if he did not succeed in committing a murder using his car alone.
On the day of the murder, after handing his wife a will, the terrorist went out looking for victims. Upon reaching the bus stop outside of Alon Shvut he noticed Dalia Lemkos, who had just disembarked from her previous ride, and hit the accelerator while aiming his car directly at her.
Security camera footage of the attack shows how after Al-Hashalmoun first ran his victim over he then got out and stabbed her to death as she lay injured and defenseless on the ground.
The indictment also recounts how Al-Hashalmoun then attempted to attack another Israeli, local resident Yishai Katz, with the same knife. When another resident, Yishaya Horovitz rushed to his aid and sprayed pepper spray in his face, the terrorist attempted to attack him as well, and succeeded in wounding him.
After a brief struggle the attacker was shot and wounded by a security guard, and apprehended by security forces.
The prosecution has requested that the accused remain in custody until the conclusion of proceedings against him