- Associated Press - Saturday, May 26, 2018

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - A man has been arrested in the death of a man found dead in a Maryland house, where a network of tunnels had been found.

Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks tells WTOP-FM that 27-year-old Daniel Beckwitt was charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Askia Khafra.

In September, officers responded to a reported fire at the residence owned by David Beckwitt, who is Daniel’s father.


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Khafra was found dead and his cause of death was listed as smoke inhalation and thermal injuries. Police said Khafra was hired to dig tunnels.

The county filed a civil complaint in March. The Beckwitts said, among other things, that they denied the residential building and tunnels are unsafe and/or require corrective action. It’s unclear if Daniel has a lawyer.



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