Israeli man indicted for allegedly murdering parents 'in cold blood'
Police suspect Daniel Maoz planned to use inheritance after death of parents Noah and Nurit Maoz to pay off his gambling debts.
The State Prosecutor’s Office submitted an indictment against Daniel Maoz on Tuesday, accusing him of murdering his parents Noah and Nurit Maoz and obstructing evidence. Maoz is alleged to have killed his parents to collect his inheritance to pay off gambling debts.
The indictment states Maoz “decided to kill his mother and father in cold blood and unprovoked.” Maoz’s remand was extended until his next hearing, which is expected to take place on November 7.
Police arrested Maoz, 28, a couple of weeks ago, nearly a month after the bodies of his parents, both in their 60s, were found in their Ramot neighborhood home on August 14.
Maoz’s lawyer, Ariel Atari, said in court on Tuesday that his client loved his parents and did not murder them. Yuval Kaplinsky, a lawyer from the State Prosecutor’s Office, contested the defense lawyer’s claims, presenting initial evidence to the court on Tuesday.
The evidence included testimony from a gambler in a Bat Yam apartment that Maoz went to right after he allegedly killed his parents to play poker as well as a spot of Maoz’s blood that was found at the scene of the crime. There was the expert opinion of “Tic Tac”, a company that specializes in data recovery as well as testimony from Maoz himself, admitting that he was present at the scene of the crime and returned to clean up the evidence. He has, however, denied perpetrating the murder.
The Maoz couple were murdered on a Saturday night, after visiting their close friends and neighbors Zvi and Emma Neeman.
Three hours after the Maoz couple returned home, at about 11 P.M., the Neemans heard a scream but did not call the police. Another neighbor said he had been awakened from sleep by a woman screaming "he is murdering me" several times. He said he went out to check and even entered the Maoz' front yard, but did not enter their house and returned home without reporting the incident.
The bodies were found the following morning by Emma Neeman, one of the Maoz family's three sons, Nir, the suspect's twin brother and Dr. Reuven Ackerman, the manager at the dental clinic where Noah Maoz worked.
The police suspected that someone who knew the couple was involved in their murder, because nothing had been stolen from their home. At first their suspicion fell on Nir, but after his brother Daniel contradicted himself several times under questioning and changed his alibi for the night of the murder three times, he became the chief suspect.
Daniel first said he had been in Tel Aviv that night. But faced with evidence to the contrary, he said he was in Jerusalem, but nowhere near his parents' home. Finally he said he came to his parents house, had dinner with them and then watched television with his father. At a certain point he rose to go to the restroom, whereupon he heard a man he did not know enter the house and murder his parents, he said.
At first he froze, then came to his senses and started fighting with the murderer, who managed to escape, he said. At this stage Daniel pulled out the big knife that was stuck in his father's body, cleaned it and drove to Tel Aviv, where he threw it into a garbage container, he said. He then went to play poker with friends until close to 1 A.M. Before dawn he returned to the scene of the crime to cover his tracks for fear of becoming a suspect in his parents' murder. After that he said he returned to Tel Aviv. At no stage did he tell anyone what had happened to his parents, he said.
Police sources said Daniel Maoz drove to Tel Aviv and back to establish an alibi for the night of the murder.