Mike Scarcella Has The Details
Lawyers for three men charged in the Wone case are expected in D.C. Superior Court this afternoon to hash out discovery and evidence disputes in the cases against Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky, and Dylan Ward.
The lawyers, Thomas Connolly, Bernie Grimm, and David Schertler, are expected to argue that the government should be compelled to turn over discovery and produce certain evidence that the lawyers say is needed to prepare a defense to the charges of obstruction, conspiracy, and evidence tampering.
Mike’s has links to the lengthy documents sent to Judge Frederick Weisberg last Friday; the government’s filing and the defense team’s Supplemental Memorandum in Support of Defendants’ Joint Motion to Compel Discovery.
Also covered is the continued controversy on the crime scene testing:
One of the key lingering disputes in the case is the misapplication of a forensic chemical used to test for the presence of blood at crime scenes.
Prosecutors have admitted in court papers that D.C. police misused a chemical agent called “Ashley’s Reagent” at the Wone crime scene, potentially making it harder to detect blood and DNA.
Dozens of spots delete initially tested positive for blood but turned out not to be blood at all when the FBI ran tests, according to the defense lawyers. The lawyers say they are entitled to information about the misuse of the chemical and its impact on forensic evidence.
“The government accuses the defendants of knowing more than they have told, and lying to the police, based entirely on the absence of evidence to suggest that an intruder killed Robert Wone,” the lawyers wrote in their latest filing on May 15.
“That ‘absence of evidence’ includes no evidence of blood or DNA belonging to Mr. Wone anywhere in the house, except on the bed adjacent to the decedent’s body. As we now know, it may have been the government’s own actions that contributed to the ‘absence of evidence.’”
We should see much of this hashed out at 2:00pm this afternoon.