OAKLAND -- For more than an hour, 15-year-old Moses Kamin sat in a police interrogation room denying that he killed his parents, continually weaving through a series of alleged false stories about what happened to the couple who adopted him.
The videotaped interrogation, which was played in court Tuesday during a preliminary hearing against Kamin, who is charged as an adult for the murder of Robert Kamin, 54, and Susan Poff, 50, shows the teenager becoming increasingly agitated as police officer and sergeant tell him they don't believe his stories.
Officers who responded to the house where Kamin's parents died had collected evidence implicating Kamin as the possible killer and the teenager's stories were not making much sense.
First, Kamin told police that he had watched as both his parents left the house together, without saying a word, and walked down Athol Avenue where they lived toward Lake Merritt.
When Ofc. Eriverto Perez-Angeles and Sergeant Rachel Van Sloten said that story was unbelievable, Kamin then blamed the killing on a friend he said he met two weeks prior named Chico. Kamin said he watched as Chico choked his mother and then later his father.
But again, the police interviewers said they found the story hard to believe.
"This whole Chico thing isn't flying cause someone you know for just two weeks isn't just going to come in and help you kill your parents," Van Sloten said. "We're here to help you get your
Kamin looked at Van Sloten, put his head down, and began to cry.
"I did it with the arm thing. I put a shirt on her afterwards because she was still there," Kamin said referencing a choke hold he said he learned at karate school and a T-shirt that was found tied around Poff's neck. "I wasn't trying to kill her."
Kamin said he reacted without thought on Jan. 27 when his mother confronted him about being suspended from school for smoking marijuana. Kamin said he had gotten in trouble in the past and at that moment did not want to deal with his parents being angry at him.
"I was just like tired of getting in trouble," Kamin said. "I wasn't even thinking about it, I just wanted her to pass out."
Kamin said he didn't know what to do after his mother died. He said he didn't really know he killed her but began to "freak out" when she urinated and then went limp after he placed her in a choke hold for about seven seconds. Kamin said he then tied a T-shirt around her neck, dragged her to a dark room and waited for his father to return from work.
When his father walked through the front door, the now 16-year-old said he went behind him and began to choke his father. Kamin, who weighed about 200 pounds, outweighed his parents by at least 50 pounds and had been training in karate since 2003.
"I said, 'I love you. Sorry,'" Kamin said he told his father as he choked him to death.
Kamin said he then thought of killing himself. He placed both dead bodies in the family's PT Cruiser that was parked in the driveway of their home at 284 Athol. He tried to light the gas tank on fire but failed.
At that point, he said, he just decided to go inside and wait.
Police arrived the next day he said and found the bodies in the car.
When asked what he was thinking as he choked his parents, Kamin said, "I was just sad."
The preliminary hearing will continue Wednesday and is expected to be concluded next week when Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson will decide if a prosecutor has enough evidence to send Moses Kamin before a jury on a charges of murder.