Friday, D.C. prosecutors said DNA evidence found on five objects links a suspect to the brutal 2015 slayings of three members of the family and their housekeeper before the Northwest Washington DC home was set ablaze.
Authorities previously have said that the suspect’s DNA was found on a pizza crust at the scene as well as on a neon-green construction vest that was inside a blue Porsche stolen from the home. They did not say where else his genetic material was found.
Although authorities initially said they believed that at least one other accomplice might have been involved in the killings, no additional arrests have been made. So far, 35-year-old Daron Wint is the sole person charged in the 2015 killings of businessman Savvas Savopoulos, 46 and his wife Amy, 47. Their 10-year-old Philip who was home with his parents, as well as, their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, were also killed. Two grownup daughters, away at college at the time are the only survivors.
Police discovered the bodies May 14 last year, after firefighters were called to the home to investigate a fire. In February, Wint of Lanham, Md., was charged with multiple counts of murder and other crimes.
Darron Wint has pleaded not guilty.
Police suspect Amy Savopoulos and her family were tortured in a 18 hour ordeal before the home invaders made off with the ransom money
During a brief hearing in D.C. Superior Court, Judge José López said trial is scheduled to begin in 2018, partly because the defense needed time to sort through the massive amounts of forensic testing.
Police have said that the four victims were held captive over the evening of May 13, 2015, and that the attacker[s] fled with $40,000 in ransom money that had been delivered to the home, in the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW Washington DC.
The vicious nature of the murders and arson shook the normally crime free, upscale D.C. neighborhood near the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory.
House keeper Veralicia Figueroa, was also killed in the home invasion
The house in Northwest Washington where business mogul Savvas Savopoulos, his wife and 10-year-old son were killed along with their housekeeper. Police discovered the bodies after firefighters were called to the home to investigate a blaze.
Darron Wint, once worked for a Savopoulos family business, American Iron Works as did some other members of his family. He was later fired for reasons not specified.
At least two previously scheduled hearings for Wint, earlier this year were canceled as investigators and prosecutors continued to investigate the case. Partly because the case, involves a lengthy investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Wint was charged with more than one count of murder in connection with each victim, including murder during a kidnapping and murder during a burglary. He also is charged with first-degree burglary, extortion, arson and first-degree theft.