Lawyer Ariel Atari speaks to Daniel Maoz in court 311.
(photo credit: MELANIE LIDMAN)
Maoz, the chief suspect in a double murder in the Ramot neighborhood of
Jerusalem last month, had his remand extended by the Jerusalem
Magistrate's Court Wednesday. Prosecutors were expected to file an
indictment on Monday.The
bodies of Nurit and Noah Maoz were discovered on August 14 by their
other son, Nir, who went to the couple’s home after both had failed to
show up for work. Nurit Maoz worked at the Justice Ministry and Noah
worked at a dentists’ office in Malha.
Maoz is accused of murdering his two
parents on August 14, possibly in connection to hundreds of thousands of
shekels of gambling debts. He was arrested at his apartment in Tel Aviv on September 11, nearly a month after the murders.
Cops investigating Ramot slayings far from spotlight
Nir and Tamar Maoz sat stoically in the courtroom and refused to look
at their brother save a few glances. Police notified the family on
Tuesday that they were going to indict Daniel in the murder. Police said the family was “in shock” but decided not to
defend Daniel against the accusations.
Police investigators were immediately suspicious of the fact that
nothing was stolen from the apartment and there was no evidence of a
break-in, suggesting the murderer had a prior relationship with the
couple. Though police investigated the possibility of a terrorist attack
or a dispute over money, they quickly zeroed in on the son Daniel,
whose story of his whereabouts on the night of the murder changed under
repeated questionings and gave the police details that were not known to
Daniel Maoz was in hundreds of thousands of shekels of gambling debts to
banks and private individuals, and police believe that he may have been
trying to use his inheritance to pay off the debts. The family was
aware of Daniel’s gambling addiction and two years ago, one of his
brothers had rescued him from similar debts.
Daniel had sworn to the family that he had quit gambling for good,
police said. They believe that the parents knew he had returned to his
old ways and may have helped him out financially in the past months.
“They were a normal family, and supportive parents,” said a chief
According to the investigation, police believe Daniel arrived at his
parents' home Saturday evening and watched television with his father
while his mother prepared for bed. Sometime shortly before 11:00 p.m.,
he got into an argument with his father and allegedly began stabbing him
with a knife from the kitchen. His mother came into the room to help
but he also stabbed her to death, police say.
Tragically, neighbors heard screams and shouts of “he’s murdering me!”
but did not notify police. Police called the actions of the neighbors
According to investigators, Daniel then returned to Tel Aviv and did a
variety of errands, including getting gas, taking money out of an ATM,
and visiting some of his gambling friends in an apartment. His friends
told police Daniel was acting very strangely, asking weird questions
about whether authorities could track peoples whereabouts using cell
phones, and his appearance was disheveled with spots of blood on his
shirt and a wound on his hand.
Police said Daniel then returned to the apartment in Ramot and tried to
clean up the crime scene. As police scrutiny increased, he allegedly
told them he had been in the house at the time of the murder and tried
to grapple with the murderer but had frozen in fear and did not notify
police, worried that they would assume he was the murderer.