A judge has refused to order a new trial for a wealthy stock trader convicted of murder in the fiery death of a man who was helping him secretly dig tunnels for an underground nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Schweitzer on Thursday rejected a defense attorney’s argument that jurors did not have sufficient evidence to convict 28-year-old Daniel Beckwitt of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

In April, a jury convicted Beckwitt of the September 2017 death of 21-year-old Askia Khafra.

FILE - This undated file photo released by the Montgomery County Police Department shows Daniel Beckwitt in Maryland. A judge has refused to order a new trial for Beckwitt, a wealthy stock trader convicted of murder in the fiery death of Askia Khafra, a man who was helping him secretly dig tunnels for an underground nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Schweitzer on Thursday, June 13, 2019, rejected a defense attorney's argument that jurors did not have sufficient evidence to convict Beckwitt of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. In April, a jury convicted Beckwitt of the September 2017 death of Khafra. (Montgomery County Police Department via AP, File)
FILE – This undated file photo released by the Montgomery County Police Department shows Daniel Beckwitt in Maryland. A judge has refused to order a new trial for Beckwitt, a wealthy stock trader convicted of murder in the fiery death of Askia Khafra, a man who was helping him secretly dig tunnels for an underground nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Schweitzer on Thursday, June 13, 2019, rejected a defense attorney’s argument that jurors did not have sufficient evidence to convict Beckwitt of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. In April, a jury convicted Beckwitt of the September 2017 death of Khafra. (Montgomery County Police Department via AP, File)

Beckwitt faces up to 30 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

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