The MPD Puts Some Points On The Board
Many aspects of the MPD’s investigative work on the Robert Wone case has been shoddy at best, and incompetent at worst. This amateur police work may be one of several reasons why the case has dragged on for nearly three years.
Despite all of this, the MPD’s work on the towel threads found on the bloody knife, as well as the lack of threads from Robert’s T-shirt, is one area where their work was first rate and very solid.
The Affidavit in Support of Dylan Ward’s arrest states, “A significant number (more than 10) of white cotton fibers, consistent with the white cotton towel recovered from the guestroom floor were found in the blood on the knife blade.
This suggests that the bloody towel came into contact with the knife blade. In contrast, while the knife used to stab Robert appears to have passed through his T-shirt in three places, no fibers from/consistent with the T-shirt were found in the blood on the knife.
This type of detail is exactly what a police investigation should accomplish — obtaining evidence which can be entered into court as probative, and conclusive. Unfortunately, though, the investigation is riddled with evidence that is inconclusive.
So if this evidence is probative, what does it establish? For the prosecution, it supports their charge of obstruction of justice. According to the sworn statement of Joe Price he found the knife laying on Robert’s stomach. This statement places the knife on top of Robert’s shirt.
Furthermore on page 9, Witness #5 (a friend of Price’s) stated that Joe Price offered conflicting information immediately after his police interview when he said that he actually pulled the knife out of Robert’s chest before placing it on the night stand. Even though statements are different both place the knife on or in the T-shirt, yet not one single fiber/thread from Robert’s T-Shirt is found in the blood on the knife.
Why are the white cotton fibers that were in the blood on knife so important?
According to both Joe Price’s and Victor Zaborsky’s sworn statements when they discovered Robert’s body, no bloody towel is also mentioned as being discovered. The towel first makes an appearance when Victor mentions to 911 that his partner was applying pressure to the wound with a towel. They do not mention that they used a towel to remove the knife. In fact, Joe Price says they might find his finger prints on the knife, which indicates he did not use anything but his hands to remove the knife. No where does the knife come into contact with the towel, according their statements. How then does a “significant number of white cotton fibers consistent with the towel found in the guest room” get on the bloody knife? This physical evidence clearly indicates that the bloody towel and knife came in contact.
What does this prove?
The prosecution will argue that the white towel was not used primarly to stop the bleeding but rather to wipe the blood onto knife. What’s the big deal about that? If this knife was not the murder weapon, there would be no blood on the knife. The white cotton fibers found on the knife and the lack of fibers found from Robert’s T-shirt on the knife is hard physical evidence that the defendants wiped the knife with blood from the towel.
If this type of solid investigative work were consistent throughout the entire investigation it is highly unlikely that this case would remain unsolved nearly three years later.