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Suspect in DC mansion slayings due back in court

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A man accused of killing a wealthy family and their housekeeper inside a Washington mansion is due back in court for a preliminary hearing.

Thirty-four-year-old Daron Wint is charged with murder in the deaths of 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos; his wife, Amy; their 10-year-old son, Philip; and a housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa.

Police say Wint held the family captive for 18 hours inside their home until he received a $40,000 ransom. At that point, police say he beat and stabbed them to death and set the house on fire.

He was captured a week later.

During his last appearance, Wint fired his defense attorneys. He's now being represented by public defenders. His preliminary hearing Monday will give his lawyers an opportunity to question the evidence against him.

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