Daniel Maoz, the 28-year-old lawyer accused of murdering his parents last August, is mentally fit to stand trial, according to a report from the Jerusalem District Psychiatric Committee. On Tuesday, the Chief Judge Tzvi Segal will hear the recommendations from the committee at the Jerusalem District Court in one of the final days of the Maoz trial.
A copy of the report obtained by Channel 10 said that Maoz was fit to stand trial and is responsible for his actions. This means that if Maoz is found guilty of the murders he cannot plead insanity.
Daniel Maoz’s twin brother Nir Maoz discovered the bodies of their parents, Noah and Nurit Maoz, stabbed to death in their home in Ramot on August 11, 2011. Daniel Maoz was arrested approximately a month later, though in a surprise twist, he accused Nir of murdering their parents, as the two share identical DNA that was found at the scene of the murders.
The state attorney Yuval Kaplinsky has highlighted Maoz’s gambling addiction, his massive gambling debts, his suspicious Google searches for “inheritance after murder,” and his rapidly changing versions of the events leading up to his parents’ murder. In the closing arguments, Kaplinsky called Maoz’s behavior “almost schizophrenic.” Segal berated Kaplinsky for introducing questions over Maoz’s mental health so late in the trial, but ordered Maoz to undergo psychiatric testing in June. Maoz did not oppose the testing.