Nir Maoz black and white 390.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The trial of the double murder of Nurit and Noah Maoz continued on Tuesday, as
the couple’s son, Nir Maoz, took to the witness stand for the second time to
defend against accusations from his twin brother that he stabbed their parents
Nir’s twin, Daniel, who has a known gambling addiction and was
seen on the night of the murder in a disheveled state with spots of blood on his
clothes, was indicted in September for the murders and has been incarcerated
since then. DNA evidence also implicated him in the murders. But in a surprise
twist last Wednesday, the first day of the trial, Daniel’s lawyers accused Nir
of the murder because the two identical twins have the same DNA.
dare you? I’m the victim of a crime. I’m not just a witness – they murdered my
parents!” Nir Maoz told the court on Tuesday after Daniel’s lawyer, David
Barhoom, accused him again of stabbing his parents to death.
brother’s lawyers are being interviewed by the media, they’re sitting in news
studios, they’re going on live feeds, and saying that I murdered and there’s
evidence to prove it. This is not true. Even if they have evidence, which they
don’t, and even if they have witnesses, which they don’t, I cannot measure in
words the emotional anguish this has caused me,” he said in his
In addition to Nir’s testimony on Tuesday, the police
investigator testified that he immediately suspected that the couple was
murdered by someone they knew well, because the apartment was not broken into
and the couple had answered the door in their pajamas, including Nurit, who was
recovering from cancer and was not wearing her wig.
Shin Bet (Israel Security Service) quickly ruled out the possibility that the
murder was a terror attack.
Police investigated Nir Maoz for the third
time on Sunday after the defense accused him of the murder. Nir served in
the police’s investigations unit but did not work with any of the current
investigators, police said on Tuesday.
The trial will continue next
Wednesday in the Jerusalem District Court.