After six weeks of listening to testimony and closing arguments in the Mansion Murders trials, the jury now has the case.
The 12 jurors have been asked to decide whether the defendant Daron Wint was duped into going to the D.C. home by his brothers where three members of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper were killed in May 2015, or if he murdered all four himself in a fit of rage and greed.
Defense Attorney Judith Pipe took the rest of her closing argument and threw cold water on the government’s evidence, telling the jury that some witnesses could not be believed.
"If you have a question about a witness or evidence you did not hear, look to the government,” Pipe told the jury.
The defense attorney heavily questioned the DNA on the knife found in the basement. Wint said he never went into the basement and Pipe said it some was transferred by evidence technicians working on the case.
"You can't trust the government's evidence. Daron Wint didn't do this,” Pipe said.
But prosecutor Laura Bach, who had the final word, defended the government’s evidence in an impassioned final appeal to the jury and told them to use their common sense.
"It is the DNA that links Daron Wint to the murders of three members of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper -- not his brothers Steffon and Darrell. ... Daron is the one who went radio silent when this is happening. No one else worked for American Iron Works,” Bach said.
Bach elaborated that the defense’s case stretches the boundaries of believability.
"The defense wants you to believe that Darrell Wint is some kind of ninja burglar who is in the house for 24 hours and leaves no evidence behind. He is a mastermind in their eyes,” she said.
Bach told the jury that the whereabouts of Darrell and Steffon Wint were corroborated, and they were not at the Savopoulos family’s home on Woodland Drive.