A detective revealed two of the five victims allegedly killed by Daron Wint were strangled at Wint’s preliminary hearing Monday.
Detective Jeff Owens spoke at the hearing which found probable cause to move forward with the trial and to hold Wint without bail. This was the first proceeding in the case, as Wint has changed representation twice– from his public defenders to a private attorney, and then back again.
Owens, the lead detective on the case, revealed that Savvas Savopoulos, killed in his home with his son and wife was strangled, as was his housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa. The two also suffered blunt force trauma.
Savopoulos was killed as was his wife, Amy, and son, Phillip.
According to Owens, a witness saw a blue Porsche, belonging to the Savopoulos’, driven erratically by a slim, black man, in his late 20’s or early 30’s, with a short hair cut, wearing a dark colored short with a bright neon construction vest. The vest was found in the car after the car had been set on fire. The vest was tested and Savvas’, Wint’s and another third unknown individual’s DNA was found. The strongest DNA found belonged to Savvas and Wint.
During the questioning, the defense also asked about Wint wanting to turn himself in to authorities. At one point, Wint talked with a detective on the phone; the detective told Wint he should turn himself in. Two other individuals, one of which was his brother, also came to authorities saying Wint wanted to turn himself in but Wint never came forward.
The next scheduled court date for Wint is September 25 at 9:45 a.m.