Cops: DC Suspect Had Help in Mansion Murders

So far, Daron Wint is the only person charged
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2015 6:39 AM CDT
Cops: DC Suspect Had Help in Mansion Murders
This combination of undated photos provided by the Washington, D.C., police shows Daron Dylon Wint.   (Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

Daron Wint remains the only person charged in the murders of four people in a DC mansion, but authorities say he didn't act alone. Without going into great detail, the police affidavit asserts that the killings “required the presence and assistance of more than one person," reports CNN. It's not clear yet whether that might include any of the others taken into custody during Wint's arrest Thursday night. Police say the three adult victims—Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife, Amy, 47, and their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57—were found in one upstairs room, while 10-year-old Philip was found in a separate bedroom on a charred mattress.

All the victims were beaten and stabbed during the 19-hour ordeal before their killers tried to burn the house down, say police. Figueroa was still alive when firefighters arrived, but she died soon after. Police also say they're investigating inconsistencies in the story of an assistant to Savvas Savopoulos who delivered $40,000 in apparent ransom money to the home, reports CBS Local. He told differing accounts about when and where he left the package, and about how he picked it up in the first place. A chilling line from the Washington Post: "The arrest affidavit says matter-of-factly that 'after the money was delivered, the four decedents were killed.'" (More Washington, DC stories.)

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