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    SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    CRIMINAL DIVISION

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    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    v.

    DARON D. WINT,

    Defendant.

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    Criminal Action No.

    2015-CF1-7047

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    Washington, D.C.

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    The above-entitled action came on for a Preliminary

    Hearing before the Honorable RHONDA REID WINSTON, Associate

    Judge, in Courtroom Number 316, commencing at 11:00 a.m.

    THIS TRANSCRIPT REPRESENTS THE PRODUCT OF

    AN OFFICIAL REPORTER, ENGAGED BY THE COURT,

    WHO HAS PERSONALLY CERTIFIED THAT IT REPRESENTS

    HER ORIGINAL NOTES AND RECORDS OF TESTIMONY AND

    PROCEEDINGS OF THE CASE AS RECORDED.

    APPEARANCES:

    On behalf of the Government:

    LAURA BACH, Esquire

    EMILY MILLER, Esquire

    Assistant United States Attorneys

    On behalf of the Defendant:

    ARTHUR AGO, Esquire

    NATALIE LAWSON, Esquire

    Public Defender Service

    Washington, D.C.

    MISS LORETTA E. KACZOROWSKI (202) 879-1058

    Official Court Reporter

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    P R O C E E D I N G S

    THE DEPUTY CLERK: This is calling on the

    preliminary hearing calendar United States versus Daron Wint,

    2015-CF1-7047.

    MS. BACH: Laura Bach for the United States, Your

    Honor, good morning.

    THE COURT: Good morning.

    MS. MILLER: Good morning, Your Honor. Emily Miller

    for the United States.

    THE COURT: Good morning.

    MR. AGO: Good morning, Your Honor. Arthur Ago on

    behalf of Mr. Wint.

    THE COURT: Good morning.

    MS. LAWSON: Good morning. Natalie Lawson on behalf

    of Mr. Wint.

    THE COURT: All right, good morning. The defendant

    should be on his way out.

    Counsel, while he's on his way out could you all

    just approach really quickly?

    (Bench conference).

    THE COURT: I've just been asked to remind all of

    you to please speak slowly.

    MS. BACH: I've already been cautioned.

    THE COURT: Okay.

    MR. AGO: Your Honor, we've spoken to the marshals

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    this morning, normally we ask that the client's restraints be

    removed for the purposes of the hearing. The marshals are

    reluctant because of the high profile in the case.

    (Defendant present).

    MR. AGO: I know it's up -- I think it's up to the

    Court.

    THE COURT: Does he need to be writing or anything?

    MR. AGO: We have some photos that we'd like him to

    look through and, you know, to the extent --

    THE COURT: Okay. I would like to address this.

    Marshal.

    (Thereupon, the Court and Deputy Marshal conferred;

    off the record).

    THE COURT: They've been given directions not to do

    it.

    MR. AGO: Very well.

    THE COURT: Okay.

    MS. BACH: Okay, thank you.

    (Close bench conference).

    THE COURT: All right, sir, would you state your

    name please for the record?

    THE DEFENDANT: Daron Wint.

    THE COURT: All right. Counsel, this matter is here

    for preliminary hearing. Is the Government ready to proceed?

    MS. BACH: We are, Your Honor.

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    THE COURT: Is the defense ready?

    MR. AGO: Yes, Your Honor.

    THE COURT: All right. All right, you may call your

    witness.

    MS. BACH: Your Honor, the Government's calling

    Detective Jeff Owens.

    THE COURT: Sir, step up, raise your right hand

    please.

    (Time 11:08 a.m.)

    Thereupon,

    JEFFREY OWENS,

    having been called as a witness for and on behalf of the

    Government, and having been first duly sworn by the Deputy

    Clerk, was examined and testified as follows:

    DIRECT EXAMINATION

    BY MS. BACH:

    Q Good morning, sir. Could you please state your full

    name and spell your last name for the court reporter?

    A Jeffrey Owens, last name is spelled O-W-E-N-S.

    Q And where are you employed?

    A I'm employed with Metropolitan Police Department

    assigned to the major case, cold case, homicide unit.

    Q And what is your rank there?

    A Detective first grade.

    Q And how long have you been a detective first grade

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    with the Metropolitan Police Department?

    A Since 2002.

    Q And how long have you been with the major case unit?

    A Since 2003.

    Q I want to ask you, sir, what if anything was your

    role in the investigation into the murders of the Savopoulos

    family and the murder of Veralitsa Figueroa?

    A I'm the lead detective assigned to the case.

    Q And were you there from day one?

    A Yes.

    Q I'm going to ask you, sir, did you prepare an

    affidavit in support of an arrest warrant in this case?

    A Yes, I did.

    Q And did you also prepare a supplement to the arrest

    warrant affidavit?

    A Yes, I did.

    Q Have you reviewed those recently?

    A Yes.

    Q Are they true and accurate?

    A Yes, they are.

    MS. BACH: I'm going to show defense counsel --

    okay, a copy of all the Government's exhibits have already

    been provided to the defense.

    BY MS. BACH:

    Q I'm going to show you, sir, what's been marked as

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    Government's exhibits one and two. Can you tell me what is

    Government's exhibit one?

    A One is the actual arrest warrant complaint and the

    affidavit.

    Q And what is exhibit two?

    A Exhibit two is the addendum to the affidavit.

    Q A supplement?

    A A supplement, yes.

    Q If given the opportunity would you adopt both of

    those as part of your testimony here today?

    A Yes, I would.

    MS. BACH: Your Honor, with the Court's permission

    we would seek to introduce Government's exhibits one and two

    and we would ask the Court to permit the detective to adopt

    those as part of his testimony here today.

    THE COURT: Any objection, counsel?

    MR. AGO: No, Your Honor.

    THE COURT: Very well.

    MS. BACH: And does the Court have the versions with

    the numbered paragraphs that I provided previously?

    THE COURT: I have unnumbered paragraphs.

    MS. BACH: I can provide a copy to the Court, it

    just might be easier for us.

    THE COURT: All right, thank you.

    BY MS. BACH:

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    Q Sir, the affidavit in support of the arrest warrant

    indicates, um, that it is for a defendant by the name of

    Daron Delon Wint. Do you see Mr. Wint here in the courtroom?

    A Yes, I do.

    Q Could you please identify him by an article of

    clothing and also by pointing to him?

    A Seated to defense counsel's left with an orange

    jumpsuit on.

    MS. BACH: Your Honor, I'd ask the record to reflect

    the in-court identification of defendant Daron Delon Wint.

    THE COURT: Any objection, counsel?

    MR. AGO: No.

    THE COURT: The record will reflect the

    identification.

    BY MS. BACH:

    Q Detective, I just want to ask you a couple of

    follow-up questions about the affidavit in support of arrest

    warrant. I want to refer you to paragraph five where it

    discusses the causes of death for the four individuals.

    Since this affidavit was prepared have you had the

    opportunity to have further conversation with the medical

    examiner who performed the autopsies in these cases?

    A Yes, I have.

    Q And based on that conversation did she indicate that

    there was an additional cause of death for Veralitsa Figueroa

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    and Savvas Savopoulos?

    A Yes, the additional cause of death was

    strangulation.

    Q So in addition to the blunt force and sharp force

    trauma?

    A That's correct.

    Q In paragraph 20 you referred to a delivery from a

    Domino's Pizza. Have you had the opportunity to confirm

    whether or not Daron Wint ever worked at a Domino's Pizza?

    A Yes, I did.

    Q And did he ever work at that Domino's Pizza?

    A No, he did not.

    Q We take a look at paragraph 21, detective, you

    indicate that based on your investigation at the time