'I Couldn't Stand the Distress' of Being Accused of Killing My Parents

Nir Maoz, twin of defendant Daniel Maoz, may sue brother's lawyer for trying to pin blame on him.

Nir Maoz, whose twin brother Daniel Maoz is on trial for their parents' murder says he is considering a civil suit against the defendant's lawyer for accusing him in court last week of being the killer.

"I couldn't stand the distress," said Nir Maoz, describing in court yesterday his state of mind after being accused of the crime for which his brother is on trial. "I couldn't sleep. I sat and wrote, and I sent what I wrote to the Noga Center for Crime Victims."

On the recommendation of the prosecution, the Noga Center passed on the document to the police, which summoned Nir Maoz to give testimony on Sunday at Jerusalem police headquarters.

When asked in court yesterday about the information he had given to the police Sunday, Nir Maoz said his brother's charge that he, Nir, had threatened to publicly accuse Daniel of being a pedophile was groundless. He said that 15 years ago he had found pedophilic material on the home computer and when he confronted Daniel Maoz, the latter told him he was a member of a group fighting against pedophilia. "I didn't know what to do about it and I don't remember that we talked about it again."

Toward the end of his testimony yesterday in court, Nir Maoz turned to his brother's attorney, David Barhoom and said: "Aren't you ashamed? I am a crime victim. How dare you? I am not just a witness. My parents were murdered."

Nir Maoz also told the court he had told the police Sunday that his brother's alleged homosexual tendencies were no secret, except perhaps from their parents and older brother. "He didn't hide it. I heard it from people that were with him in a gay club, who said he had shouted all over that he liked men," he said.

Chief Superintendent Shlomo Dai, head of the interrogation department in the Jerusalem police central unit, told the court yesterday that less than a week after the murder, the forensic evidence from the scene limited the suspect pool to the twin brothers.

Police then undertook sting operations to discover which of the twins might be the perpetrator, the results of which led them to focus on Daniel Maoz as the suspect.

Dai said the police realized the murderer knew the couple. "Because the door [of the house] was locked we took into account that it was someone who had a key." Dai also said police concluded the parents knew their assailant because they were found in their pajamas, and the murder weapon came from inside the house.