Bethesda murder trial: Tunnels under house a ‘death trap,’ prosecutors say

Prosecutors said the man behind a secret tunnel project in Bethesda that turned deadly should be convicted of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter because he disregarded public safety.

In this Aug. 18, 2018, photo, police tape surrounds the house where Askia Khafra died in a fire while digging underground tunnels for a secretive campaign to build a nuclear bunker in Bethesda, Md. Daniel Beckwitt, a stock trader who lived alone in the house, is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the Sept. 10, 2017, death of Askia Khafra. (AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman)

In this Sept. 5, 2018 photo, Dia Khafra, father of Askia Khafra, stands in his Silver Springs, Md., home. Askia Khafra who died last year when a fire broke out at the Bethesda, Md., home where he and a millionaire day trader were digging tunnels for a nuclear bunker. (AP Photo/Michael…

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