(WASHINGTON) — A newly unsealed arrest affidavit concludes that the quadruple murder inside a DC mansion “required the presence and assistance of more than one person,” authorities said.
Only one suspect in the murder and ensuing fire has been named publicly.
Daron Wint, 34, was arrested Thursday at 11 p.m. on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast Washington, DC Metropolitan Police said. He is charged with first degree felony murder while armed. Members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force made the arrest. He was arraigned Friday afternoon.
Wint was named by Metropolitan Police as the suspect in the murders after his DNA was found on the crust of a Domino’s pizza that had been delivered to the house, authorities said.
The court documents, meanwhile, describe the charred scene that firefighters responded to on the afternoon of May 14. Firefighters found three unconscious adults in one of the second floor bedrooms, but they found a fourth victim in an adjacent bedroom where the blaze was largely contained, according to the affidavit.
That fourth body was that of 10-year-old Phillip Savopoulos. The medical examiner later determined that the child’s cause of death was thermal and sharp force injuries.
The affidavit states that Phillip Savopoulos “was located on the charred remains/mattress spring of a queen sized bed.”
There were signs at the scene that the fire was set purposefully and the suspects had planned for it to spread further than it had.
Firefighters found “the presence of an ignitable liquid on the stairs and in the room in which the three adults were located. Several matches and a matchbox were found at the top of the stairs,” the affidavit states.
His parents Savvas and Amy Savopoulos were both pronounced dead on the scene. Their housekeeper Verlicia Figueroa, who was found in the same bedroom as the couple, was transported to Georgetown University Hospital though “lifesaving efforts failed and Mrs. Figueroa was pronounced dead,” the report states.
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