Maryland Millionaire Daniel Beckwitt Found Guilty of Murder in 2017 Death of Man Who Helped Dig Bunker Tunnels
A Maryland millionaire was found guilty of murder Wednesday night in connection with a 2017 fire on his property that killed a 21-year-old man who was helping him dig tunnels for his underground bunker.
Daniel Beckwitt, a 27-year-old stock broker, was charged in September 2017 with “depraved heart” second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 21-year-old Askia Khafra, who was working underground when the fatal fire broke out.
Prosecutors argued that while Beckwitt did not cause the fire, the “death-trap” conditions in his trash-infested Bethesda home dangerously sacrificed safety for his own sense of security, ultimately preventing Khafra from escaping in time to survive the flames.
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