Daniel Beckwitt

June 18, 2019 | Jordan Lindsay

Man Sentenced for Fiery Death of Worker Hired to Build Tunnel Beneath His Bethesda Home

28-year-old Daniel Beckwitt has been sentenced to nine years behind bars for the 2017 fiery death of 21-year-old Askia Khafra; who Beckwitt hired to dig tunnels for a nuclear bunker underneath his Bethesda home.   While the defense argued that the incident was an accident due to a hoarded home, prosecutors say Beckwitt missed multiple […]

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April 26, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Defense Will Appeal Conviction in Bethesda Tunnel Fire Murder Case

The man convicted Wednesday in a bizarre Bethesda murder will file an appeal, his attorney said Friday. After a seven-day trial, Daniel Beckwitt was convicted of a second-degree “depraved heart” murder of Askia Khafra, a 21-year-old Silver Spring man Beckwitt had hired to dig tunnels under his property. “There are issues raised in the course […]

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May 29, 2018 | Staff Writer

Police Arrest Man Charged with Murder in Fatal Bethesda Fire

A  man has been charged with murder after a house fire in Bethesda that killed 21-year-old Askia Khafra, police said. Montgomery County Police officials said Daniel Beckwitt, 27 of the 5200 block of Danbury Road, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.  According to police, Khafra died as a result of […]

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