Hearing on D.C. Mansion Murders Delayed After Wint Fires Lawyer

A court hearing for the man charged with the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper inside a Washington mansion was delayed Thursday when the defendant fired his lawyer.

Daron Wint's lawyer, Sean Hanover, was dismissed before the hearing began. Outside of court, Hanover said the reason was a "dispute between him and his client."

But Hanover reiterated that he felt his client was set up. He had just been hired by Wint's family in June.

Wint was given a public defender. The hearing was rescheduled for July 20.

Police say Daron Wint held the Savopoulos family captive for up to 18 hours inside their home in May before he was paid a $40,000 ransom. After that, police say he stabbed and beat the victims to death and set the house on fire. He was captured a week later.

Savvas Savopoulos was the CEO of American Iron Works, a construction-materials supplier. He was killed along with his wife, their 10-year-old son and a housekeeper. The 34-year-old Wint is a welder who once worked for Savopoulous' company.

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