Florida doctor Rafael Azulay avoids jail after allegedly killing his father and strangling his girlfriend

A Florida doctor who shot and killed his father while on bail for strangling his girlfriend was slapped with community probation as part of a plea deal reached on Friday.

Dr Rafael Azulay, 47, had been charged with second-degree murder for shooting his father dead in a Weston home in May 2018 before turning the gun on himself, shooting himself in the stomach and head , according to NBC 6.

At the time of the shooting – which authorities said was an attempted murder-suicide – Azulay was on bail for domestic assault after he allegedly strangled his then-girlfriend in March 2018 – his third domestic violence arrest.

He had also been charged with aggravated assault for threatening his mother.

Azulay’s mother, Dina Azulay, claimed the shooting was accidental and denied that he threatened her.

As part of the plea bargain, the murder charge was dismissed to manslaughter with a firearm and the assault charge was dropped.

Azulay will spend two years under GPS house arrest with his mother, followed by 10 years probation for the manslaughter charge. He received one year of community control and credit for time spent on battery charges.

He was also forced to give up his medical license, according to the Miami Herald.

Hilliard Moldof, an attorney for the doctor, told NBC 6 that his client suffered head trauma when he shot himself in the head and was unfit to stand trial.

“He could understand the ramifications of a plea, but in a trial he couldn’t,” Moldof told the outlet. “Experts said he could not give relevant evidence or assist a lawyer in his defence.”

Azulay’s ex-girlfriend, who identified herself as “Angela,” told NBC 6 she fears for his life now that he’s been released from prison. She provided the outlet with photos of the abuse she said she faced between 2013 and 2018.

“How was life for me before that? It was awful,” Angela said. “I worry about my safety, the safety of my family”

“I think he’s going to find me, and he’s going to kill me, and then he’s going to kill himself.”

According to the Miami Herald, she had not cooperated with law enforcement in the past because Azulay possessed a gun and threatened to “bring it to her mother in a body bag,” according to the report. ‘arrest.

“He also warned her that he would never go back to prison and that he would put down as many people as possible. [necessary] before returning to prison,” the arrest report said.

She said she sought a 12-year no-contact order from prosecutors when she raised concerns in December when told of a possible plea bargain.

Moldof says he doesn’t believe his client is dangerous.

“He’s not a danger at all. I mean, at the time, whatever was going on, I wasn’t representing it. But he follows a very strict plan,” Moldof said. “[Angela] said in open court that she wanted him out, she wishes him well.

New York Post

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