WASHINGTON – A District of Columbia judge has approved a new attorney for a man charged in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper inside a Washington mansion.
Defense attorney Sean Hanover of Fairfax, Virginia, appeared in court Tuesday to represent Daron Wint. Judge Rhonda Reid Winston also scheduled a preliminary hearing for July 2.
During a brief hearing, Wint, who had been represented by public defenders, told Winston that he wanted new representation. Wint's family hired Hanover.
Wint is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Savvas Savopoulos; his wife, Amy; their 10-year-old son, Philip; and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa. Police say Wint held the four victims captive for roughly 18 hours until he was paid a $40,000 ransom, and then killed them and set their house on fire.