A WMRW.COM Roadtrip
One of the more enduring mysteries from the early days and investigation of the Wone murder has to do with the search warrant executed on the garage of a Northeast DC home. It’s a long way from Swann Street to Lee Street and connecting those two dots is difficult. Other than the relative proximity to the apartment complex that Phelps Collins lived in, we still come up short.
In a January 2009 story, Legal Time’s Mike Scarcella mentions a possible connection, a Septemebr 2006 murder in the area, but this still remains hazy.
In the released documents, prosecutors included a search warrant affidavit tied to a D.C. police investigation of a September 2006 murder in the 5100 block of Lee Street N.E. (Defense attorney) Grimm questions the relevance of the affidavit to the Wone case.
We took a trip out to the home last weekend to get the lay of the land. We came back with some pictures and as usual, only more questions.
The last page of the warrant describes what police were looking for: “Stabbing instruments, strangulation devices, blood stained items such as clothing, carpet, furniture… the decedent’s clothing, DNA, hair samples, cleaning supplies…”
What they found between September 26 and 28, 2006 fell far short:
Tape, masking tape, threaded tape, joint tape… laundry bag, quilt, bed sheet…wood club, tire iron, sheet (plastic)… smoking pipe, flashing… coax cable, electrical cords, extension cords, speaker wires, phone wires…
Both the house, boarded up and the detached garage with its door wide open were in a considerable state of disrepair. We believe the property has been condemned by DC authorities and we’re trying to track down the ownership(s).
The immediate neighborhood seemed to be a mix of low to middle income homes, apartment complexes and the occasional boarded-up properties. Adjacent to 5119 Lee was a new residential construction project of 3 or 4 brick homes.
It was hard to tell whether the garage’s contents we saw last week are what police found back in 2006, we only peeked and took a few pics rather than go inside. We’re pretty much afraid of spiders too.
We recall past Datalounge comment on 5119 Lee Street characterizing it as a home that may have served as a distribution point for illegal drugs. If anyone has a clue on how this home and search warrant were connected to the Wone murder, please share.