Daniel Maoz takes witness stand, denies murder

Admitting to severe gambling addiction, Daniel rejects accusation that he murdered parents Nurit, Noah last August.

May 14, 2012 11:19
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Daniel Maoz takes witness stand

Daniel Maoz takes witness stand 370. (photo credit: MELANIE LIDMAN)


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Daniel Maoz on Monday admitted to having a severe gambling addiction, but rejected the accusation that he murdered his parents Nurit and Noah Maoz in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem last August.

Daniel was arrested less than a month after the murders after police noticed a number of suspicious behaviors, including the night of the murders when Daniel showed up at a friend's apartment disheveled, nervous, and covered with splatters of blood. Police and prosecutors have pointed to Daniel’s gambling addiction as the motive for the August 14 murder of his parents.

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DNA placed Daniel at the scene of the murders. Daniel’s lawyer, David Barhoom, accused Daniel's twin brother Nir Maoz of carrying out the murder, as they share DNA.

Taking the witness stand, the 28-year-old lawyer testified that he cleaned the site of his parents' murder, but didn't call the police or an ambulance because he was afraid he brother would kill him.

"Four years ago I stole $3,000 from my parents. I told them the next day that I was held up by criminals. I lied to them, and I am ashamed of my actions. The next day I confessed the truth, and I told them all about my gambling addiction," Army Radio quoted him as saying. Daniel added that though he was a gambling addict, he had nothing to do with the death of his parents.

Daniel embarked on a hunger strike last week in protest of the refusal of the Prison Services to allow him to visit his parents' graves, on Har Menuchot in Jerusalem.

Daniel's trial is ongoing.

Melanie Lidman contributed to this report.

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