Daniel Maoz takes witness stand 370.
(photo credit:MELANIE LIDMAN)
Daniel Maoz, a 28-year-old lawyer accused of murdering his parents last August,
will undergo psychiatric testing on Monday, after the judges hearing his case in
the Jerusalem District Court requested that he do so.
David Barhoom, said his client was not opposed to the psychiatric testing.
Police have accused Maoz of stabbing his parents, Nurit and Noah Maoz, to death
with a kitchen knife in their home in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood on August
11 in an attempt to get an inheritance to pay off massive gambling debts. He was
arrested a month after the murders, but in a surprising move, he accused his
twin brother, Nir, of carrying out the murders. The identical twins share DNA,
which was found at the site of the murder.
In state prosecutor Yuval
Kaplinsky’s closing arguments on June 10, he focused on Maoz’s rapidly evolving
versions of the events during police investigations, in which he first claimed
to have been in Tel Aviv during the murders, then admitted he had been in
Jerusalem, then admitted he had been at home during the murders but didn’t know
the murderer’s identity, and then accused his twin of the murder. Kaplinsky
questioned Maoz’s mental health and suggested possible schizophrenic
Despite the gory nature of the crimes, Maoz’s mental health
was never discussed as an issue during the lengthy court proceedings, and he
appeared calm and collected while testifying over the past few
Barhoom said that Maoz had never opposed psychiatric
“It didn’t come up, it wasn’t a psychiatric issue,” he said on
“On the surface, he didn’t seem problematic, and neither [the
defense nor the prosecution] thought he was mentally ill.”
decided to honor the judge’s request that he undergo an evaluation.
Monday, following Barhoom’s closing arguments in the case, Maoz will be
transferred to a psychiatric evaluation unit where he will undergo testing for
at least a week. The judges will receive results of the test during the summer
and will take that into consideration while deciding on a verdict. The verdict
is expected in September or October, after the summer recess.
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