WASHINGTON, D.C.—The so-called “Mansion Murders” case has captivated trial-watchers in the D.C. area. Now, with alleged murderer Daron Wint heading to trial, Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Mark Schamel spoke to WJLA-TV about the jury selection process.
Schamel said that given the intense media coverage of the case, many prospective jurors had already made up their mind one way or another, meaning prosecutors and defense attorneys had to dig to find jurors who would wait until the trial to reach a final decision. Schamel also said prosecutors probably looked for jurors who lean pro-law enforcement, while defense attorneys would prefer to have jurors who are skeptical of the police.
In 2015, D.C. business owners Amy and Savvas Savopoulos, their 10-year-old son Philip, and their housekeeper Vera Figueroa were brutally murdered in their home. Police investigators believe extortion was the motive for the crime.
Mark Schamel handles bet-the company investigations and white collar criminal defense litigation. He has represented individuals in some of the largest fraud cases in history, as well as a wide array of traditional criminal cases. Mark’s practice also involves all manner of enforcement matters, including representing clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission