Many Potential Jurors Are Familiar With DC Mansion Murders Case

A lot of the potential jurors said they have been following the mansion murders case as jury selection started Wednesday in the trial of Daron Wint.

Those potential jurors were asked by Judge Juliet McKenna if being familiar with the case would impact their impartiality.

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner says being such a rare occurrence makes it very memorable.

“We have had, sadly, many double homicides, quite a few triple homicides, but this is one of the only quadruple homicides I can remember,” he said.

Gasps were heard from the jury pool when told the trial could last two months and asked if they wouldn't be able to serve that long.

And prosecutors asked if they would trust a witness who is guilty of a crime and will receive a reduced sentence for testifying.

The jury is being selected from a pool of 80. The jury is expected to be seated by Friday, meaning the trial could start Tuesday. 

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

Wint faces life in prison without possibility for release on each murder charge. The minimum sentence is 30 years on each murder charge.

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