Daniel Maoz at J'lem District Court 150.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
The trial of the horrific double murder of Nurit and Noah Maoz began on
Wednesday in the Jerusalem District Court, as the couple’s daughter, Tamar,
testified against her brother Daniel, who is accused of killing his parents in
the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot in August 2011.
“I believed Danny was
connected,” Tamar Maoz said in her testimony on the first day of his trial. “One
of the first thoughts that I had was that he was connected. I didn’t think that
he did it, but I thought he was connected.”
Daniel Maoz, 28, is accused
of murdering both of his parents on August 14, after racking up hundreds of
thousands of shekels in gambling debts.
He was arrested at his apartment
in Tel Aviv on September 11, nearly a month after the murders. In addition to
the two counts of murder, Daniel is also charged with cleaning up the crime
scene to destroy evidence against him.
Nurit worked at the Justice
Ministry and Noah worked at a dentists’ office in Malha.
“We came to do
justice for our parents,” Tamar said before entering the courtroom.
is a difficult day for us, one of the most difficult days in the last few
months,” she said, imploring the public to help guard her family’s
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Tamar testified that two years before the murder, Daniel had
been alone in his parents’ home when he claimed that two burglars with covered
faces broke into the apartment, stole valuables and cash, and ran
The family knew the story was false but decided not to press
charges in order not to damage Daniel’s career as a lawyer, Tamar
The family had struggled with how to deal with Daniel’s gambling
addiction, and was considering options such as forcing him to live at home and
not in Tel Aviv, or placing him in rehab, Tamar testified. The night of the
murder, the family had a long talk and asked Daniel if he was connected with the
murders, but he insisted that he was not and that he had stopped gambling, she
Nir Maoz, Daniel’s twin, will also testify against his brother in a
closed-door hearing. Ofra Weisman, Nurit’s sister, testified that immediately
following the murders, Daniel was desperate to get money, trying to sell the
family’s paintings and look for other expensive items in the house to sell,
despite the protestations of other family members to “let things be” in the
Daniel originally claimed to be in Tel Aviv during the murder,
and when forensic investigators found his blood at the scene, he changed his
story and told police he had been home when the murderers broke in but was too
scared to call the police because he thought they would suspect him
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,
Tragically, neighbors heard screams and shouts of “He’s
murdering me!” but did not notify police. Police called the actions of the
According to investigators, Daniel returned to
Tel Aviv after the murder and did a variety of errands, including getting gas,
taking money out of an ATM and visiting some of his gambling associates in an
apartment. They told police Daniel was acting very strangely, asking questions
about whether authorities could track people’s whereabouts using cell phones,
and that 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, tampering with the evidence.
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