Daniel Maoz gave increasingly erratic answers as the trial in the murder of his parents Nurit and Noah Maoz continued in the Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday. Police arrested Moaz, 28, a month after the murders in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot in August of last summer, claiming that Maoz had a gambling addiction and killed his parents in order to receive the inheritance.
Maoz maintains that his identical brother, Nir, carried out the murder of their parents while Maoz was in the house but paralyzed by fear. Daniel and Nir Maoz share identical DNA, which was discovered at the crime site.
Daniel Maoz testified on Wednesday that when he came out of the bathroom and saw that Nir had murdered their parents, Nir threw him to the ground and said “If you tell anyone, you’re next in line.” Maoz testified again about fleeing the house without calling an ambulance, going to his apartment in Tel Aviv, visiting friends in Bat Yam, and then returning to clean the house in the middle of the night. He returned to clean with copious amounts of bleach despite the fact that he was terrified that Nir would kill him as well, he said, because it seemed like the right thing to do based on television shows he had seen. Maoz also used a knife to clean under his parents’ fingernails in order to remove traces of his DNA.