WASHINGTON - After five and a half weeks of testimony, the jury in the Mansion Murders trial is about to get the case – with closing arguments to be heard on Monday.
On Thursday, prosecutors recalled some witnesses to the stand in hopes of bolstering their case against Daron Wint, who’s accused of brutally murdering a family and their housekeeper in their Northwest D.C. home.
When he took to the stand last week, Wint told the jury he spent most of May 13, 2015 and the following morning at a home on Atlantic Street, SE. He told the court he was visiting his friend Ed and began drinking around 5 p.m. before passing out on the couch and waking up around 10 a.m. the next day.
But prosecutors called a police officer to the stand who testified that he responded to that address at 9:38 a.m. on the morning of May 14 for the sound of gunshots. He told the court he banged loudly on the door, but no one responded.
In previous testimony, Wint said he would have heard footsteps or gunshots.
Laurie Atkinson was also recalled and told the jury she never saw a blue minivan in the parking lot of her business, La Fontaine Bleue, on May 14, the day Wint says he had it towed there. As she testified, the jury was shown surveillance video confirming her account. The business is adjacent to the church where the Porsche was set on fire.
Another witness with the ATF confirmed that phone records showed the cellphone of Daron Wint's brother, Darrell, was mostly in Maryland on the 13th and 14th, and specifically at 802 Malibu Drive in Silver Spring where his friend Garnett lived. The defense has argued that Darrell Wint was the mastermind behind the murders.
The jury was shown a portion of a YouTube video confirming it was uploaded on May 13, 2015 – the day Darrell Wint says he was in Gaithersburg to watch it.
And finally, a D.C. police arson investigator testified that he found a small pile of debris 100 feet from where Daron Wint’s minivan was found burning at 51st and Frolich Lane. Prosecutors say Daron Wint's backpack, which they believed contained evidence he didn’t want anyone to see, was in the debris.