A Maryland millionaire was indicted on charges of second degree depraved heart murder and involuntary manslaughter on Thursday after a young man died while digging tunnels under his home for protection from nuclear war.
Daniel Beckwitt, 27, hired 21-year-old Askia Khafra to dig an elaborate system beneath his house over fears of a nuclear attack from North Korea, officials said.
Khafra died on September 10 from smoke inhalation and heat injuries he sustained when a fire broke out in Beckwitt's home while Khafra was in the basement, which is where the tunnels and bunkers were located.
Beckwitt was released on a $100,000 bond on Thursday, after his representation argued that Khafra's death was an accident that did not result from any intention or ill will on the part of Beckwitt, Fox 5 News reported.
Maryland millionaire Daniel Beckwitt (left), 27, was indicted on charges of second degree depraved heart murder and involuntary manslaughter on Thursday after Askia Khafra (right), 21, died on September 10 while digging tunnels under his home to protect against nuclear war
Beckwitt's financial worth is believed to be at least $3.7 million, which is what led to his becoming acquainted with Khafra.
Beckwitt invested in a tech startup that Khafra was trying to get off the ground.
Khafra eventually then came to work for Beckwitt to execute his tunnels and bunkers project.
Beckwitt and Khafra became acquainted when the Beckwitt invested in a tech startup that Khafra was trying to get off the ground, and then Khafra eventually came to work for Beckwitt