Mansion Murders: Jury learns of $40K ransom delivery
WASHINGTON - The jury in the Mansion Murders trial heard testimony Thursday about the $40,000 ransom and how it was delivered to the home.
In day three of the trial, jurors also heard from one of the family's housekeepers, Nelly Gutierrez, who broke down on the stand.
On the evening of May 13, 2015, the day the crime began, a man who maintained the security system at the mansion on Woodland Drive testified that he got a call from Savvas Savopoulos.
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Eric Pellak told the court Savvas Savopoulos wanted to know how to access the recorded video from the cameras and if the video was stored on a cloud.
Pellak told him it was not.
The next day, Savvas Savopoulos called again and wanted to know where the video was stored. Pellak told him it was in the computer room on the third floor.
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The jury also heard emotional testimony from Gutierrez, who was one of the two housekeepers who worked for the Savopoulos family.
Gutierrez told the court on May 13, 2015, she was with Savvas Savopoulos and others at a business in Virginia that Savvas Savopoulos was about to open when he received a call from his wife Amy.
Savvas Savopoulos told Gutierrez that his wife had made plans to go out and he needed to go home to take care of their son Phillip. He asked her to close the business.
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Gutierrez broke down on the stand when prosecutors played a voicemail that was left on her phone later that same night. Savvas Savopoulos told her that his wife was sick in bed and that the other housekeeper, Vera Figueroa, would spend the night. Gutierrez told the court Figueroa never spent the night previously.
The jury also heard from Ted Chase, the CFO of American Ironworks, the business that Savvas Savopoulos owned. Chase testified that he received a call from Savvas Savopoulos early in the morning of May 14, 2015, the day of the murders.
Savvas Savopoulos wanted to get $40,000 in cash from the bank and requested that Jordan Wallace deliver it to the house. Chase said he thought it was unusual, but Savvas Savopoulos sounded perfectly normal and that nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
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