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(WASHINGTON) — The new attorney for the sole suspect in the Washington, D.C. mansion murder says that his client believes he is being set up.

“He believes that once people begin to understand who else was out there and what was going on, they’re going to see him in a very different light,” attorney Sean Hanover told ABC News affiliate WJLA-TV.

“I think it’s fair to say that he feels, at this time, that he was definitely set up,” he said.

Daron Wint, who has not yet had to enter a plea in the case, is charged with the murders of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their son Philip and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa. Their bodies were found inside their burning mansion on May 14.

Wint is the only person who has been arrested in connection with the case, but the prospect of other people being involved is not new. Police have repeatedly said that they think there were others who either helped or had a hand in allegedly holding the four victims hostage overnight before murdering them.

Even in the police affidavit that was unsealed on May 22, investigators concluded that the crime “required the presence and assistance of more than one person.”

No other suspects have been publicly identified, however, and police have not yet revealed the extent of their evidence from the crime scene. The one confirmed connection that Wint had to the scene was trace DNA found on a pizza crust inside the home, authorities said.

“We don’t know what other DNA evidence exists,” Hanover told WJLA. “We’ve only learned thus far about the pizza. Let’s see what else is there.”

Wint was previously represented by public defenders, but his relatives hired Hanover this past weekend and the switch was approved by the court on Tuesday.

“Everybody deserves a fair chance and to be heard,” Hanover said.

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