THE RACE CAR DRIVER AND THE MURDER
Connections between man charged in high-profile Washington murders and Savopoulos employee who delivered bundles of cash shortly before the murders emerge.
Key witness in gruesome murders revealed as professional race car driver with links to arrested suspect.
(UPDATE: Significant new details emerged on June 5. They are incorporated into this story)
A quadruple murder of wealthy Washington businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his family and their housekeeper, who were stabbed, tortured, and bound with duct tape before their home was set on fire on May 14 has shaken the rich and connected of high society Washington. Their 10 year-old son, Philip, was singled out for particularly savage attack–tortured, stabbed, and his body doused with gasoline and set on fire, his body burned beyond recognition.
All eyes have been on who, until now, the unidentified “Witness #1″ is.
Here is a profile of Witness #1, Jordan Wallace, a 28 year-old aspiring professional race car driver from suburban Maryland who was hired to be Savopoulos’s ‘personal assistant” and “driver” only weeks before the murders.
Police say Jordan Wallace “lied” to them during interviews after the murders, but have not said he is a suspect. But Wallace has a lot of questions to answer.
By Nate Thayer
May 28, 2015
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Since the torture and unsolved quadruple murder of a wealthy Washington, D.C. family on May 14, the question has been: Who is the mysterious “Witness #1″ who police say “lied” to them during interviews?
“Witness #1″ is Jordan Wallace, a bright, ambitious, and well spoken 28-year-old rising professional race car driver from Prince George’s County, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. who was hired by Savvas Savopoulos only weeks before he, his family, and their housekeeper were murdered.
And an investigation has uncovered new evidence which for the first time reveals that Wallace has links to Daron Wint, 34, the man who was arrested after a nationwide manhunt and charged in the murders after his DNA was found on half eaten pizza in the burned Savopoulos home.
Documents and records show the two men have both lived in the same apartment complex in New Carrollton, Maryland, adjacent to Washington, D.C.
“We are aware of the connections between the two men,” a law enforcement official involved in the investigation said.
Further, that sprawling apartment complex is immediately adjacent to the church parking lot where the Savopoulos Porsche 911, stolen at the time of the murders, was ditched and torched in the hours after the quadruple murders.
Jordan Wallace was hired by millionaire businessman Savvas Savopoulos as his “driver” and “personal assistant” in April, before the May 14 murders of Savopoulos, his family, and their housekeeper in their residence in the tony Woodley Park neighborhood in Northwest Washington.
But Jordan Wallace had met the Savopoulos family sometime in 2014 and Wallace had earlier coached the 10-year old Philip Savopoulos in competitive Go Kart racing, before Jordan Wallace was displaced by a professional Indy Car race driver as the boys racing coach in January.
In March, Wallace was fired from his job as the “Competition Director” at the Jessup, Maryland Autobahn Speedway in suburban Washington. It was there that Savopoulos and Jordan Wallace first met in 2014.
In April, Wallace “reached out to Savvas looking for work” and the wealthy Washington businessman hired Wallace in April.
Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife, Amy Savopoulos, 47; their 10-year-old son Philip and a housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, were held hostage for 19 hours at their $5 million Washington, D.C. mansion nestled among embassies near the official residence of the U.S. Vice President, and tortured, bound while large amounts of cash was extorted from them, before they were stabbed, bludgeoned, and doused with gasoline and set on fire on May 14.
The couple and Figueroa were found in one room dead, bound with duct tape in chairs, and doused after having sustained blunt force trauma, police said.
10-year-old Philip Savopoulos was found in his bed burned beyond recognition having suffered stab wounds before being doused with gasoline and set afire. Police say Philip was tortured, perhaps in an attempt to get money out of his father. According to police documents, the fire appeared to be set, and largely limited to the young boy’s bedroom. Evidence suggests the 10-year old’s bed was soaked with an flammable liquid and the boy was found burned beyond recognition.
In court affidavits, Washington Police say Jordan Wallace–who has not been publicly named until now–was “an employee of Mr. Savopoulos” who delivered a package of $40,000 in cash to the Savopoulos residence in the hours before the murders.
Now, Wallace finds himself the center of attention in a gruesome murder mystery that has gripped the elite social circles of the Washington elite.
Savopoulos and Wallace exchanged phone calls and text messages on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, records show–the last one from Savopoulos being made to Wallace at 11:54 a.m on Thursday, May 14.
It was the last incoming or outgoing call he made or answered before the fire and his murder, which police say occurred sometime between noon and 1:24 P.M Thursday, when Washington emergency personnel were dispatched after reports of a house fire.
Records show Wallace tried to call Savvas Savopoulos about 1:40 p.m. but got no answer.
Jordan Wallace and the Police
Jordan Wallace changed his story to the cops several times about his activities and interaction with Savopoulos in the 18 hours before the murders and when he made a money drop to the Savopoulos residence on the morning of their deaths, according to Washington police.
The cops are on the record saying Wallace “lied to the police”.
Police say Wallace changed his story several times about the money drop. “(He) changed his account of events regarding how (he) received the package, where (he) left the package, and when (he) was told to get the package,” according to Washington police in court affidavits.
After the murders on Thursday, May 14, Wallace first told cops that Savvas Savopolous had sent him a text Thursday morning asking Wallace to pick up a package at the Hyattsville, Maryland office of Savapoulos’s American Iron Works and deliver it to the Savapoulos residence. . But during questioning of Wallace on the Friday after the Thursday murders, police found a text message from Savopolous on Wallace’s phone from Wednesday night.
Copies of a series of text messages retrieved by police from Wallace’s black Apple Iphone with a brown wooden case were obtained by The Washington Post. They show that Wallace sent a text to Savvas Savopoulos at 8:30 p.m. May 13: “Got your message, I’ll call you once I get the package.”
Wallace than said he’d made a mistake, and that the request from Wallace to retrieve and deliver the package had been made Wednesday night.
Wallace also admitted he’d lied about how the money was packaged, according to the affidavit. In the first version of the interview Wallace provided to police, he said he’d collected the cash in a manila envelope from the bank with help from a co-worker.
Later, he admitted that the money was actually in a red bag, and that Wallace was given the bag by another AIW employee. Wallace said he then transferred it to a manila envelope in his car before placing the package in the front seat of a red sports car parked in the Savopoulos residence garage.
“As detectives continued to question (Wallace), (he) changed (his) account of the events regarding how (he) received the package, where (Wallace) left the package and when (Wallace) was told to get the package. When (Wallace) was questioned about a text message he had received from Mr. Savopoulos on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, (he) changed (his) statement. This text was addressed to (Wallace) and the text directed (Wallace) to meet the other employee on Thursday morning in Hyattsville to pick up the package. After being shown the text, (Wallace) admitted the text was accurate and (he) made a mistake about when (he) was first told to get the package. (Wallace) was also questioned about what the money was contained in when (Wallace) received the money from the other employee. (Wallace) admitted that (he) had lied when (he) stated the money was in a manila envelope when (he) received the money from the other employee,” reads the police affidavit used in charging papers during the arraignment of arrested suspect Daron Wint.
Wallace texted another person, who the police identify only as “Witness # 2”, a photo of a red bag with two bundles of money wrapped in white bank bands at 9:00 A.M Thursday morning before Wallace delivered the money to the Savopoulos home.
This investigation has identified “Witness #2 as Wallace’s girlfriend, Ashley Barrett, of Annapolis, Maryland. Barrett is listed as the “Director of Social Media and photography” at the Autobahn Speedway in Jessup, Maryland, where Wallace had worked before being fired in March, according to several employees of Autobahn Speedway.
On Thursday morning, immediately before the murders, police said Wallace texted and called several people, including Barrett, to whom he sent a photo of the red bag and money at 9 a.m. “Daaaamn,” Barrett responded. “I wonder how much it is?”
Wallace responded, “40,” to which the woman texted back, “Jesus,” according to copies of the text messages obtained by the Washington Post.
Barrett did not return several phone calls asking for comment. Autobahn Speedway employees confirmed she was Wallace’s girlfriend, but said a company wide memo has been distributed to all employees forbidding them from commenting publicly about Jordan Wallace or the murder case.
“Detectives interviewed a witness, hereafter referred to as W-2 (Ashley Barrett), which stated (she) received a text from (Jordan Wallace) on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at approximately 9:00 AM. (Barrett) opened the text for detectives to view. The text contained dialogue and photos of a red lined bag with what appeared to be two bundles of cash, one of which had visibly displayed, a white money wrap band. The other employee that provided the package to (Wallace) was interviewed and stated the money (the other employee) withdrew from Bank of America was wrapped in money wrappers from the bank and the money was separated in four bundles that totaled ($40,000.00) forty thousand dollars,” states the affidavit.
Other witnesses interviewed by the police say that Wallace was given four bundles of $100 denomination bills–not two which were shown in the text photo from Wallace to Barrett–which amounted to $40,000.
The statements by other employees of Savopoulos and other people referred to as “witnesses” , only raise more questions.
Wallace also lied about how he accessed the “red car” in Savopoulos’s garage.
“(Wallace) stated that Mr. Savopoulos instructed him to place the money on the seat of his red car which was parked in the garage on his house. (Wallace) stated that when he arrived at 3201 Woodland Drive, he went inside the garage and located a key to unlock the door to the car in the garage, and placed the envelope on the driver’s seat. After placing the envelope on the driver’s seat, (Wallace) locked the vehicle and exited the garage and closed the door to the same,” read the affidavit.
But during police interviews, “(Wallace) admitted that (he) lied when (he) stated the vehicle was locked, (Wallace) stated the vehicle was unlocked and that (he) left the envelope which contained the money in the vehicle.”
At 10:26 a.m., according to police records obtained by the Post, Wallace texted Savopoulos: “Package delivered.”
But other records obtained by the police seem to exonerate Wallace from being at the crime scene when the murders took place, providing a strong alibi that he present when the murders took place at the Savopoulos house. Security cameras show Wallace was at a hardware store near a martial arts studio owned by Savopoulos in Virginia from 11:30 A.M until noon and cell phone records show Wallace was in Virginia at 1:34 P.M Thursday when firefighters arrived at the Savopoulos residence in Washington, D.C.—-placing Wallace 30 miles away from the crime scene.
Records show numerous phone calls between Savopoulos, a bank, an accountant, Wallace, a construction company executive and American Iron Works company in the morning Thursday before the fire, starting after 7 a.m. May 14 and ending with a call from Savopoulos to Jordan Wallace at 11:54 am, which was not answered. The fire was reported at 1:24 p.m.
Police records show Wallace attempted to call Savopoulous at 1:40 P.M., but no one answered. Records also show Wallace texted Amy Savopoulos on the afternoon of Thursday, May 14.
“Hey ms Amy are you ok, if so you need to get home I got a call that your house is on fire,” police records say he wrote.
By then, Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, Amy, their son Philip, and their houese keeper Vera Figueroa, were all dead.
Prior to the murders, Wallace was not a low-key figure.
During April and May, in the weeks before the murder, Wallace posted numerous pictures and comments on social media of him driving the millionaire businessman Savopoulos’s collection of high-end sports cars on the streets of Washington, D.C.
Most of the social media accounts of Jordan Wallace–including his Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and his personal websites–have been taken down in the days since the murders. But cached versions from immediately before the murders show Wallace posting numerous pictures of him driving Savopoulos’s various cars around Washington, D.C.
In recent weeks, Wallace, using the name racer_jordan, posted a series of pictures on his social media sites of him driving several of his new boss’s high-end sports cars on the streets of Washington, D.C.–one Mosser, the Porsche, a Bentley, an Audi, and a Range Rover–tagging them #livingthedream, #driverlife, #imkindofabigdeal, #iwannabeonyou, “brokeracerclub, and #morethanyoucanaffordpal”
But police are sure that the arrested Daron Wint did not act alone. And they implicitly suggest that Jordan Wallace was somehow linked to the crime scene.
The court affidavit charging Daron Wint, whose DNA was found on a half eaten Domino’s pizza crust at the Savopoulos home, stated “All four decedents were held captive by Mr Wint and others until the $40,000 was delivered to the Savopoulos residence. After the money was delivered the four decedents were killed.”
Jordan Wallace and the Porsche
By the time firefighters arrived at the house on Thursday afternoon, the package containing $40,000 and the couple’s blue Porsche, which was seen parked on the street at 10:30 A.M. that Thursday morning, was gone.
At about the same time that the Savopoulos residence was doused with gasoline and set on fire, their $200,000 2008 blue Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera was seen by witnesses at about 1:30 pm being driven erratically on New York avenue in Washington, D.C., headed towards Maryland, according to police.
Wallace had a documented affection for the Savopoulos’s Porsche. The same Porsche which was stolen at the time of the murders and torched adjacent to Jordan Wallace’s childhood home, was the Porsche Jordan Wallace posted selfie photos driving the vehicle on his Instagram account in late April. In one photo of himself driving the Savopoulos’s Porsche before the murders, Wallace captioned it “Another day on the job. My office today is pretty nice!” #porsche #livingthedream
The Porsche was seen at about 1:30 pm being driven west on New York avenue “erratically by a black male, with short well-groomed hair, wearing a neon lime green construction vest,” according to the police affidavit.
Daron Wint has long dreadlocks.
Similar neon green vests, typically used at race tracks, were found in Savopoulos’s garage by police investigating the crime scene.
Four hours later, “At approximately 5:30 pm, Mrs Savopoulos’s vehicle was located in the rear of 8001 Annapolis rd, New Carrollton, Maryland, on fire,” said the Washington police.
The drive from the Savopoulos residence to the parking lot where the vehicle was torched is 14.7 miles or about 30 minutes driving time.
There is no indication of where the blue 2008 Porsche 911 was for the three-hour interval between when it should have arrived at the St. Christopher Episcopal church parking lot, if that was the original destination, and when it was set on fire.
An investigation of court documents and public records show the rear of the parking lot of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church at 8001 Annapolis Road, New Carrollton, Maryland, where the Porsche was set afire, is located immediately adjacent to the rear of the parking lot of the apartment complex where the Wallace family lived while Jordan Wallace was a teenager.
Records show that Wallace’s father, a retired police officer in Maryland, lived at 5303 85th Ave, New Carrollton, MD between February 2004 and October 2009–when Jordan Wallace would have been 17 to 22 years old. Records also show that Daron Wint previously lived at 5301 85th ave in New Carrollton–immediately next door to the former Wallace residence.
In addition, court documents charging Daron Wint with the Savopoulos murders list Daron Wint’s current home address as 5408 85th Avenue, T-2, Lanham, Maryland.
That apartment is registered to Wint’s sister, Samantha Wint. Records suggest she has lived there at least as of February, 2015. In addition, records show the Wallace family lived at 5313 85th ave apt # 11.
Records also show the Wallace family lived previously in another residence at the same location.
All those addresses are in the same sprawling apartment complex, a multi unit rental housing under the umbrella name of Carrollan Gardens and Carrollan Manor, where the family of Jordan Wallace also lived, according to records, from at least between 2001 and 2009.
In another link to the murder crime scene, the parking lot of that Carrollan Gardens and Carrollan Manor apartment complex is separated by a 30 foot wooded area from the rear of the St. Christopher Episcopal church parking lot where the stolen Porsche was found torched.
The Race Car Driver
But friends and colleagues of Jordan Wallace insist that the personable young man could never have been involved in such a violent crime.
Jordan Wallace is a well spoken, bright, ambitious, colorful figure, according to friends and co-workers.
Wallace was Competition Director for the Jessup, MD based Autobahn Indoor Speedway–a 65,000 square-foot indoor go-kart facility in Jessup, Maryland, where he met Savvas Savopoulos and his 10 year-old son, Philip, who was an aspiring racing driver.
In 2013 Autobahn Speedway General Manager Bill Harris made Wallace the speedway’s first hire. “I told him I wanted him to be my media specialist,” Harris told the Capitol Gazette News in 2014. “He’s a natural.”
But Wallace was fired from the Autobahn Speedway in March 2015, and he “reached out to Savvas for a job”, according to a source close to the Savopoulos family and who knew Jordan Wallace, and Savvas Savopoulos hired Wallace as his “assistant” and personal “driver” in April.
When contacted yesterday, Autobahn Speedway’s Harris said he could not comment on why Wallace was let go in March.
Other acquaintances who knew both Wallace and the Savopoulos family say they had no indication that Wallace was other than an exuberant young man who loved racing cars.
“He is the nicest guy I have ever met in my life. It is impossible he was involved in these murders,” said Mike “Weedy” Weddell, who is active on the car racing circuit in the Northeast region of the U.S. and is a mentor to Wallace. “There is no chance he was involved in this. He is a 25 year-old kid having a good time. All he wants to do is race cars.”
“He is a super nice dude, always super excited. He loved what he did, “said Josh Menocal, owner of the Pure Board Shop in Annapolis, which sells skateboarding and snow boarding equipment. “He has been coming in here for a few years.”
Jordan Wallace had Financial Problems before the Murders
But others who had met Wallace with the Savopoulos family said Wallace talked of his frustration of not having sufficient funding to jump-start his racing career in the days before the quadruple murder.
“You know, if you don’t have a family or money behind you, it can be really tough,” Wallace said in a 2014 video interview he posted on his Vimeo account.
“I remember him saying ‘The only reason I am not racing is lack of money,’” said a person who knew both the Savopoulos family and Jordan Wallace from the Go Kart racing world. “Jordan was definitely bitter about it.” That conversation took place in early May, only days before the murders.
“I am starting to look for sponsorship for this new year. 2014 is going to be big for me…I am working with Autobahn Indoor Speedway of course. I am working with Arkam Motors out west running the carts. I am with Mad Karts out east running the Karts. I am looking to work with bigger sponsors to help me on my way up into pro racing. So I have my eyes set on the prize and I am ready to go out and really do it,” said Wallace in a video on his racing website in late 2013.
The Savapoulos Family and Car Racing
Both Savvas Savopoulos and his 10-year-old son, Philip, had intense interest in the racing car circuit.
Savopolous who was a lawyer in addition to a businessman, was elected to the International Automobile Federation Court of Appeals in December, 2014. The IFA is a body that overseas Formula One racing worldwide. The International Court of Appeal Biography of Savopoulos reads: “Savvas P. Savopoulos is a prominent Washington, DC, businessman and member of the bar who….has a lifelong interest in, and participates in, motor sports.”
Both Savopoulos and his wife, Amy, owned a fleet of expensive sports cars.
But it was their son, 10 year-old Philip, who was the racing fanatic. And it was Philip’s interest in racing that resulted in Jordan Wallace meeting the Savopoulos family. “Savvas spoke of Jordan Wallace. He said Wallace was someone he had met earlier with Philip at the Kart track, but they had kind of moved on from him, ” said Paul Howard, of Ogden Racing Engines, a Florida based Formula One company. “Philip wanted to be involved in Formula One racing, and all Formula One racers start out on the Kart circuit.”
Wallace was the Competition Director for the Autobahn Speedway since 2013 and started a competitive Kart racing league in 2014 at the track. It was there, 30 miles from their home in Washington, that Savopoulos took his son regularly to race Go Karts. Wallace got to know Savopoulos at the Jessup Autobahn Speedway racetrack where the executive took his son regularly to compete and practice in tricked out go-kart racing. Friends and colleagues of the Savopoulos’s and Jordan Wallace say that Wallace coached Philip in Go Kart racing until the end of 2014.
But “once he knew that Philip really loved the sport and was serious, Savvas said ‘I want the best of everything–the best coach, the best Kart,’” said Jay Howard, an Indy Racing professional driver who lives in Indianapolis who Savopoulos hired as Philip’s coach in January 2015.
Philip regularly traveled the country on the professional Go Kart racing circuit.
In March of 2015, Wallace was fired by the Autobahn Speedway for reasons their General Manager, Bill Harris, declined to comment on. Employees of the 65,000 square foot racing venue have been told not to comment on any inquiries regarding Wallace.
One of Jordan Wallace’s racing mentor’s, Mike “Weedy” Weddell, a respected figure on the stock car circuit in the Northeast U.S., said “I had heard it was over Jordan not getting enough hours to work” and dismissed the suggestion that there was some kind of rift.
Regardless, Wallace asked Savapoulos for a job and was hired as his personal driver and “assistant” in April.
“Philip was a great kid with a great sense of humor. They were a great family. Always smiling, always happy,” said 10 year-old Philip’s racing coach Jay Howard, the professional Indy Car race driver and head of Motorsports Driver Development which trains young aspiring race drivers. “Once Savvas saw that Philip was committed to racing, he made contact through FIA with Praga Karting, where he bought Philip a Go Kart. They told him “if you need the best coach, you need to talk to Jay Howard. I met them in January, and Savvas hired me to coach Philip”
After Wallace was fired from his job at the Autobahn Speedway, he contacted Savopoulos in late March looking for a job. “Jordan was out of a job. The kid seemed really nice,” said one Savopoulos associate from the racing world who knew and had met Jordan Wallace. “Savvas said he got fired from his job and Jordan reached out to Savvas.”
Savopoulos hired Wallace in mid April to be his driver and personal assistant. One of Wallace’s first assignments was to drive the senior Savopoulos and Philip down to Mooreshead, North Carolina for a racing event which Philip participated in mid-April. Immediately Wallace began posting photographs of him driving the Savopoulos fleet of high-end sports cars and tweeting about his new job “Driving for a #DC CEO”.
In 2014, Wallace started an online community called the Broke Racers Club which says “we are a motor sports lifestyle brand that represents the real racers. Racing is our lives, join us in our pursuit of Power, Glamour, and Glory!”
On the Broke Racers Club Facebook page, Wallace posted a photo of him test driving the Savopoulos ultra high-end race car: “BRC President/Owner Jordan Wallace got to drive this BEAST today! That is a $700k Mosler MT900s, made is the USA, it is basically a LMP car for the street. The owner wanted a Race Car driver’s opine of the car ‘It’s SCARY as HELL in the most fun Badass way!’ Sometimes even Broke Racers get to live rich, stay passionate and your dreams will be within reach!”
On 17 April, Wallace posted to Twitter a photo of him driving Savopoulos’s rare $700,000 Mosler sports car. He captioned it “My 9-5 ain’t too bad, this thing may be the baddest car on the streets of DC, and today it’s my office!” On Instagram, Wallace wrote at 2:45 pm on April 17 on under the moniker @racer_jordan “My office for today!” #mosler #mt900s #livingthedream #racecar #madeintheusa #morethanyoucanaffordpal”
Wallace has a Sports Car Club Of America (SCCA) Competition License, several corporate sponsors, and was openly looking for funding for his Annapolis based race car team in recent weeks. He was named Rookie of Year for Arena Car Racing USA last year by one car racing organization.
Jordan Wallace has his own racing team, J.T. Wallace Racing, and a company, Race Haus Motorsports, which have racing cars and a support team of mechanics, and management. “Arena Racing USA is what we are called,” said Jordan Wallace in 2014. “Everybody has been really supportive……. I have a great team behind me now. I am ready to go out and represent.”
In a biography published on his Race Haus Motorsports website, Wallace is described as: “”Jordan “Driver GITS” Wallace is a 26-year-old racing driver who hails from Annapolis, MD. He is the marketing and PR specialist at Race Haus and also the supreme motivating force behind everything Race Haus does, he’s like Ray Lewis without the dancing… ok maybe there is some dancing! Jordan is the team’s in house professional driver. He is a graduate of Skip Barber Racing Academy and has karting championships, road course and rally experience, and carries a National SCCA Competition license and a National NASA Competition License. Jordan is an extremely competitive individual with aspirations of taking his racing career and the Race Haus team to the highest levels of motor sports.”
“Race Haus Motorsports (RHM) started in 2013 when a few guys from the great state of Maryland decided to take their passion and talents for motor sports and manifest it into a full racing team and motor sports company,” according to Wallace on his website.
On May 3, Philip Savopoulos was racing at the “Superkarts! USA Fikse Wheels Pro Tour” in Phoenix Arizona when he got into a minor accident and sustained a sprained knee, cuts and bruises, and a concussion. The ten-year old was still recovering from that incident at home in Washington when he was murdered.
The affidavit by police for charging Daron Wint for the murder said the killings “required the presence and assistance of more than one person.” None of the 5 people detained with Wint were charged with any crimes and all were released.
Daron Wint, who once worked for American Iron Works, one of the Savopoulos family’s business, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder for their deaths. But Wint is not the only suspect in the case, according to the Washington prosecutor Deborah Hines. “There had to be some connection between Wint (who) worked there, like, 10 years ago so there has to be some connection to someone who Wint knows that’s working there now that was able to give the details to know about the money and that they could get the money delivered to the house,” said Hines.
“2014 is going to be really big for me. I’ve got my eyes set on the prize and I am ready to go out and really do it,” Wallace said on a 2014 You Tube video he produced to promote his racing career. Wallace, under the name JTWallace Racing, even had a professional manager, Blake Fisher.
In February, 2015, Fisher posted a message “Jordan Wallace is back!”.
The following month, Wallace was fired from Autobahn Speedway. In April, he was hired by Savvas Savopoulos.
Weeks later, on May 14, Savopoulos and his family were murdered. And Jordan Wallace gave varying versions of the story when recounting his involvement that day. Since, Wallace has effectively disappeared from public view.
“When you find out you just delivered $40,000 to a killer that murdered an entire family, how do you not tell the truth the first time?” asked one investigator.
That Jordan Wallace lied to police about the mysterious drop off of $40,000 in cash just prior to the murders has raised suspicions that he had more knowledge and involvement than he is letting on.
After being interviewed by police in the immediate aftermath of the murders, Jordan Wallace has deleted most of his social media and online accounts and disappeared from public view.
Attempts to reach Wallace, his mother, father, and girlfriend by phone have gone unanswered.
Seven of his close friends who were contacted politely refused to comment when reached by phone this week, but several did speak up defending Wallace, insistent that it was unfathomable he had anything to do with the murders. Several of Jordan Wallace’s friends and colleagues in the racing car world, politely declined to comment.
Acting District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen said outside the courthouse that prosecutors’ “work is not done” and that they “intend to unseal additional search warrants in the coming days.”
“I am ready for this. I am never scared. I am always ready for the moment,” wrote Wallace last year about his racing career. “We are just going to take this and take it to another level.”