TORREY, N.Y. (WENY) – A Yates County man was indicted on various charges, including murder, last week after he allegedly killed his mother and her dog in August.
According to 13WHAM News in Rochester, 37-year-old Paul Khouzam was indicted on second degree murder, first degree burglary, aggravated cruelty to animals and criminal possession of a weapon charges.
The incident happened on August 6, when Yates County Sheriff's deputies responded to a home on Arrowhead Beach Road following reports of a domestic.
When deputies arrived, they found a woman, identified as Magda Khouzam, unconscious with stab wounds and “bludgeon injuries” on her body inside the home.
During the initial investigation, deputies did not release Magda's identity; however, they have now said she is Paul Khouzam's mother.
Magda was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for emergency surgery on her head and upper body, but she later died.
Khouzam was reportedly found walking on Arrowhead Beach Road near the village of Dresden and he was taken into custody.
According to county deputies, Khouzam had been taken into custody under a mental health arrest the night before in Branchport. They say he was released later in the evening. It is believed Khouzam returned to his Branchport home and then drove to his mother's home and forced his way in the next day.
Deputies also say Khouzam killed his mother's dog, a mixed-breed chihuahua, at the home.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on November 15.