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Suspect In D.C. Mansion Killings Indicted On Murder, Extortion, Arson Charges

Darron Wint is accused of killing a Washington, D.C., family and their housekeeper, then setting their mansion on fire.

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The man accused of killing a Washington, D.C., family and their housekeeper, then setting their mansion on fire, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury.

Prosecutors said Darron Wint was indicted on 20 charges, including first-degree murder, burglary, kidnapping, extortion, arson, and theft. The 35-year-old Maryland resident was arrested after Savvas Savopoulos, 46; his wife, Amy Savopoulos, 47; 10-year-old son, Philip; and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, were found dead in their $4.5 million home near D.C.’s Embassy Row in May.

According to the indictment, Wint broke into the home and held the Savopouloses and Figueroa against their will. He extorted $40,000, then killed them and set fire to the mansion, prosecutors allege.

Police identified Wint as a suspect in the killings after DNA on a pizza crust found at the home was determined to be a match. Authorities believe Amy Savopoulos ordered the pizza on his behalf as he was holding the family hostage.

If found guilty, Wint could face life in prison without the possibility of parole, prosecutors said. He is scheduled for arraignment on Feb. 19.

Authorities added that the killings and fire remain under investigation. At the time Wint was arrested, an affidavit stated that investigators believed another person may have been involved; however, no other suspects have been named.

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Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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