No Cliche Left Behind
As we splashed through the affidavit last week, the three unprompted mentions of showers by Dylan Ward on the evening of the murder seemed murky and quizzical at first. But maybe not.
There are four mentions of showers when one includes what the MPD investigators saw. Let’s count them up:
“Joe talked about the shower breaking.”
“He (Robert) said he wanted to shower, we showed him the shower…”
“(Dylan) heard Mr. Wone take a shower…”
“…MPD officers noticed that Price, Zaborksy and Ward… appearing as if they had just showered.”
Was all this chatter about showers just merely small talk and inconsequential?
But after last week’s release of the government’s response to the defense’s discovery motion, yet another mention of the shower seems to take this curious banter well beyond the unintentional or fluky.
Tab A, page 2, item #6 makes the first mention of Robert’s BlackBerry found in the guest room that evening and the revelation that there were two unsent / saved draft messages on it, both time stamped. We learned that investigators failed to “image” the device and its value to either the prosecution of defense is now in question. Whether or not it’s even entered into evidence for the trial is far from certain as well.
Since no hard data appears to exist, all we have to lean on is Detective Waid’s recollection of what he saw on the display screen; namely the message Robert may have written to his wife Kathy, but did not send:
“An email purporting to be from Mr. Wone, to his wife, timed 11:05pm., indicating he had just taken a shower and was going to bed.”
Is this the exact point in which the defendants statements and actions appear to have crossed the line from coincidental to coordinated and orchestrated?
Did they need this ready explanation of Robert’s shower, repeated like a mantra, for why he would be found by EMT’s “showered… and placed into the bed?”
Oh, make that five mentions. Or is it six?