Emotional Closing Arguments in DC Mansion Murders Trial - NBC4 Washington

Emotional Closing Arguments in DC Mansion Murders Trial

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    Closing Arguments in Murder Trial of Daron Wint

    Closing arguments in the D.C. mansion murders trial got underway Monday with prosecutors laying out their case against Daron Wint and the defense trying to plant a seed of doubt in the minds of the jurors. News4's Meagan Fitzgerald reports. Courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy. (Published Monday, Oct. 22, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Daron Wint testified the night the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper were held hostage, he was at his friend Ed's.

    • The prosecution said Ed is dead and no one in Wint's family can corroborate the alibi.

    • The prosecution also said Wint's half-brother took police to Wint's burned out minivan.

    Family members wept and some jurors teared up as prosecutors showed graphic autopsy photos of the D.C. mansion murder victims during closing arguments Monday.

    Prosecutor Laura Bach said she had to prove the murders were particularly atrocious and cruel.

    Daron Wint is the only person charged in the 2015 deaths of Savvas Savopoulos, 46; his wife, Amy, 47; their 10-year-old son, Philip, and Veralicia Figueroa, 57, their housekeeper. He is accused of holding the victims captive, extorting $40,000 and setting their Northwest Washington mansion on fire.

    Bach said Wint was backed into a corner and had nowhere to go after getting kicked out of his family’s home in describing his motive for stealing the $40,000 from Savvas Savopolous, who was his former boss.

    Bach also described the DNA evidence against Wint as overwhelming.

    The prosecution tried to tear down the defense’s argument that Wint’s brothers committed the murders and reminded the jury that even if they think Wint had help they can still find him guilty of the murders.

    The defense responded by trying to create reasonable doubt, telling jurors the prosecution cherry-picked the evidence they presented to try and prove their theory. The defense argued detectives never fully investigated Wint’s brothers, and their whereabouts at the time of the murders have never been confirmed.

    The jury will get the case Tuesday after the defense wraps up its closing arguments.

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