Suspect Indicted in Murders of CEO, His Wife, Their Son and Housekeeper at Their Mansion
A man has been indicted on 20 counts for the heinous killings of a CEO, his wife, their 10-year-old son and their housekeeper at their Washington D.C. mansion last year.
Daron Wint, 35, was the only person arrested in the murders of the Savopoulos family last May, although authorities at the time said he likely did not act alone, the Associated Press reported.
On Wednesday, he was indicted on 20 felony charges including murder, kidnapping, extortion and arson.
He will appear in court on Friday, prosecutors said. Wint's attorneys have not yet responded to a request for comment.
Wint, a welder who once worked for Savvas Savopoulos' company, American Iron Works, was arrested last May, a week after firefighters were called to the family's $4 million mansion following reports of a blaze.
Inside the home, authorities discovered the bodies of Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, and their 10-year-old son Philip. Their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, was found unconscious and was rushed to hospital, where she later died.
The Savopouloses' two teenage daughters were away at school at the time and were not harmed.
Authorities believe the four victims were held captive inside the home for as many as 18 hours while their captor or captors demanded money. A colleague dropped off $40,000 in cash to the house. The four victims were later killed and the home was set on fire.
After the crime scene was discovered, Wint's DNA was allegedly found on a half-eaten pizza crust inside the home. Two pizzas had been ordered to the house the night before while the family was being held hostage inside, according to court documents.
A massive manhunt was launched and Wint was traced to Brooklyn, New York, where his girlfriend lived.
Among the counts announced on Wednesday, he faces four counts of first-degree murder while armed in the course of a kidnapping, first degree murder while armed in the course of a burglary and first degree premeditated murder while armed, according to prosecutors.
If convicted, he faces life behind bars.
Prosecutors said on Wednesday that the investigation into the murders is continuing.
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