Askia Khafra, 21, of Silver Spring, Md., was found dead in the tunnels after crews were called to a house fire September 10. Kahfra's cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, officials said.
"This is a tragic accident involving the death of a young man who was a full participant in these activities, fully aware of what was going on, fully aware of what happened", Mr Bonsib said on Thursday after Mr Beckwitt's arrest.
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Beckwitt, who was indicted last week by United States prosecutors, made his millions as a stock market day trader.
Beckwitt's lawyer, Robert Bonsib, admitted his client was an "unusual individual" but insisted he's not a threat to the community.
Beckwitt's lawyer said the tunnels were being constructed because the millionaire trader was anxious about Washington DC being hit by a North Korea bomb.
Beckwitt was indicted Thursday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, which can be punished by up to 10 years' imprisonment in Maryland, and second-degree murder, which can be punished by up to 30 years' imprisonment.
Beckwitt allegedly picked up Khafra from his home elsewhere in Maryland, made him wear dark glasses and drove him on a roundabout route to hide the project location, the Post reported, citing a court document. Once in Beckwitt's basement, Khafra was allowed to remove the glasses and would dig the tunnels for intervals of days at a time.
The tunnels were built out of a hole cut in Beckwitt's basement. The entrance shaft dropped down 20 ft.to horizontal tunnels that stretched out 200 ft.in length, according to the police report.Читайте также: 2 climbers dead after fall from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
Beckwitt's financial worth is believed to be at least $3.7 million, which is what led to his becoming acquainted with Khafra.
Khafra likely was trapped when the fire broke out because he had no idea how to get out, the prosecutors contend.
Beckwitt, who had made profits "in the seven figures" over the years by trading stocks, had been trying to keep himself safe in the event of a nuclear attack and had been working with Khafra for months, Bonsib said.
Prosecutors allege Beckwitt showed a "disregard" for Khafra's life.
Prosecutors said, when the fire broke out, Beckwitt only sent a text message to Khafra who was busy burrowing away underground.
Then the lights went out.
They claim the project needed a large amount of electricity, and was powered by a "haphazard daisy chain" of power cords. They say Beckwitt knew the setup was a fire risk.
The trader, Daniel L. Beckwitt, 27, "was concerned about the increase in global tensions, and in particular North Korea's acquisition of long-range ballistic missiles, and he was in the process of building a secure location for himself", said his lawyer, Robert C. Bonsib.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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