PENN YAN — A Yates County man who was charged with assault after he allegedly beat and stabbed his mother earlier this year faces a murder charge after her death.
Paul Khouzam, 37, of Branchport, was indicted Thursday by a county grand jury for second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and aggravated cruelty to animals.
The charges stem from an Aug. 6 incident. Khouzam is accused of beating and stabbing his 67-year-old mother, Dr. Magda Daoud, at her home on Arrowhead Beach Road in Torrey, just north of Dresden.
Sheriff Ron Spike and District Attorney Todd Casella said shortly after 7 p.m. the previous day, Aug. 5, Khouzam was arrested by sheriff’s deputies in the hamlet of Branchport as a mentally ill person (endangerment to himself or others). He was taken to Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan but was released from the hospital later that evening and went to his home on Guyanoga Road.
Spike said during the early-morning hours of Aug. 6, Khouzam drove to his mother’s home and got into the house by breaking a large window near the front door. Spike said Khouzam bludgeoned and stabbed his mother with dangerous instruments, calling it a case of domestic violence.
The sheriff’s office received a call at 5:52 a.m. from Seneca County 911 about the incident. Spike said deputies arrived on the scene seven minutes later and found Khouzam walking on Arrowhead Beach Road near Dresden.
Deputies went to the home and found Daoud in her basement, unconscious and bleeding. She was taken by Penn Yan Ambulance and Dresden EMS to a LifeNet helicopter near the intersection of Route 14 and Route 54.
Daoud was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she underwent emergency surgery for head and upper body injuries. She was transferred last month to a Monroe County hospice facility, where she died.
Spike said deputies also found a small, mixed breed Chihuahua dog that was killed in the home. Spike said it belonged to Daoud.
Casella is prosecuting the case. He said Khouzam will be arraigned Nov. 15 before county Judge Jason Cook.
Khouzam remains in the county jail in lieu of $1 million bail or $2 million bond.