A man accused of killing a Washington businessman, his wife, son and housekeeper is arraigned in D.C. court. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A man accused of killing a Washington businessman, his wife, son and housekeeper held them captive until the executive handed over $40,000, then killed them and set fire to the house, court documents showed on Friday. The suspect, Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, has been charged with first-degree murder while armed in the death of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, the owner of a construction materials company and a Washington social figure. Wint was arraigned Friday afternoon in District of Columbia Superior Court. Vincent Cohen, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia says Wint is being held without bond. "Our work is not done. We will continue to work on this case and bring all charges that are appropriate in the coming weeks," Cohen said. Authorities arrested Wint in Washington late on Thursday. He was in a car that was accompanied by a truck, and police also arrested three men and two women in the vehicles, Commander Robert Fernandez of the U.S. Marshals Service told CNN. A court affidavit said that, based on the crime scene, investigators believed the killings "required the presence and assistance of more than one person." Wint was wanted in the deaths of Savopoulos; his wife, Amy, 47; son Phillip, 10; and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57. Their bodies were found on May 14 inside the Savopoulos mansion in an upscale neighborhood near Vice President Joe Biden's official residence. The house had been set on fire. The affidavit said Savopoulos, his wife and Figueroa died from being struck and stabbed. Phillip died from "thermal and sharp force injuries," it said. The four were held captive on the evening of May 13. Savopoulos had an aide deliver $40,000 in cash to the house the next day before it was set ablaze, the court document said. Police found more than $10,000 in money orders in Wint's car and a stack of $100 bills and more money orders in the truck. The Washington Post quoted an official as saying that at least one of the men arrested with Wint was believed to be a relative. No one else has been charged in the case. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said on Thursday that Wint had worked for Savopoulos' company, American Iron Works. Police identified Wint from DNA found on the crust of a pizza that had been delivered to the house late on May 13, the affidavit said.