JERUSALEM (JTA) — The mother and grandfather of a 4-year-old girl murdered in Israel have been convicted of killing her.
Ronny Ron and Marie Renault were convicted Thursday in Petah Tikvah District Court of murdering Rose Pizem in 2008. The girl, who was born in Paris, 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 in Israel.
Ron was convicted of first-degree murder, and Renault was convicted of soliciting the murder. Prosecutors will ask for a life sentence for both of them. The couple were convicted of killing Rose and placing 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 the girl, who had been missing for four months.