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Mother, grandfather on trial for girl’s murder

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — The mother and grandfather of a 4-year-old girl killed one year ago are on trial in Israel for her murder.

The trial of Ronny Ron and Marie Renault began Sunday in Petach Tikvah Magistrates Court. They allegedly killed Rose Pizem and placed her body in a red suitcase that was thrown into the Yarkon River.

The suitcase holding the body was found in the river in September 2008 following an extensive search for Rose, who had been reported missing four months earlier.

Renault and Ron were arrested in August 2008, before the body was found, and have since been held in prison.

The girl was the daughter of Renault, a French Jew, and Benjamin Pizem, Ron’s son. Renault later began a relationship with and moved in with Ron.

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