Bludgeoned and stabbed his mother at her Seneca Lake home in August
A Yates County grand jury has returned an Indictment today charging Paul Khouzam with the crimes of 2nd degree murder, 1st degree burglary, two counts of 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon, and aggravated cruelty to animals.
The charges stem from a domestic incident Aug. 6 on Arrowhead Beach Road in the Town of Torrey north of Dresden where Khouzam allegedly broke into the Seneca Lake home of his widowed mother, Magda G. Khouzam-Daoud, killed her dog, and then bludgeoned and stabbed her, reportedly with a hammer and a knife.
Magda Khouzam-Daoud, 67, was a physician formerly practicing with Finger Lakes Health in Dundee as Dr. Daoud. According to Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, She was discovered unconscious and bleeding in the basement of her home after Yates County Deputies took Khouzam, 37, of Branchport, into custody as he was walking on the road. She was taken by Penn Yan Ambulance, with support from Advanced Life Support and Dresden First Responders, to a waiting medical helicopter that flew her to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she underwent emergency surgery for head and upper body injuries. There she remained in critical condition on life support until Oct. 15 when she was transferred to a Monroe County hospice care facility where she died Oct. 18.
Khouzam was serving 5-years probation for felony 3rd degree criminal mischief in Schuyler County, and 3-years probation for a 2016 DWI conviction in Geneva. He also has multiple prior arrests and contacts with law enforcement in Yates, Schuyler, Ontario, and Wayne Counties, according to Spike and earlier reporting.
• 2006: Khouzam allegedly grabbed his estranged girlfriend by the throat, threw her over a couch and into a bookcase. He did so in front of a 6-month-old baby boy. Khouzam was charged with burglary in the 2nd degree, menacing in the 3rd degree and endangering the welfare of a child.
• 2014: Khouzam struck a Dresden resident, then punched a New York State Trooper who responded to the 911 call. The trooper used pepper spray on Khouzam, who was transported to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan for a mental health evaluation.The trooper was not injured. Khouzam was arraigned in Torrey Town Court and remanded to Yates County Jail.
• 2017: He was arrested in Ontario County and charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.
Just hours before the attack, Khouzam had been released from Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, where he had been taken there by Yates County Deputies at 7:22 p.m. Aug. 5 as a mentally ill person who could be a danger to himself or others after receiving a 911 call indicating he was threatening suicide.
After being released from the hospital around 10 p.m., he returned to his Branchport address. Spike says law enforcement officials were not notified of his release.
Spike says the Deputies who took Khouzam to the hospital Sunday night were following a protocol through New York State Mental Hygiene Law that mandates they take an individual to the nearest facility designated for mental health care.
Yates County District Attorney Todd Casella is prosecuting the case. Khouzam is scheduled for arraignment on the indictment Nov. 15 In Yates County Criminal Court Judge Jason L. Cook.
Casella states that 2nd degree murder is a class A-I felony punishable by 25 year to life. First degree burglary is a class B violent felony, 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon is a class D felony, and aggravated cruelty to animals is a class E felony.
Khouzam remains in the Yates County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail or $2 million bond, as well as being remanded without bail for the violation of probation.