The Day After


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Very little was known about Robert’s murder when the first news item was filed, 17 hours later by WTOP, DC’s all news radio station.

To be more specific, very little was known by those not in the house at the time of Robert’s slaying.  Other details would emerge in the weeks, months and years that followed.

Virginia Man Found Murdered in D.C.

August 3, 2006 – 5:38pm

WASHINGTON — A lawyer for a Washington nonprofit was stabbed to death in Northwest Washington Wednesday night, police said.

Robert Wone, 32, of Oakton, Va., was found inside a home suffering from apparent multiple stab wounds.  He was pronounced dead at Washington Hospital Center.  Police are still investigating the case and have not released any additional details about the case.

Wone was the general counsel for Radio Free Asia, which broadcasts news to Asian countries that don’t have free media.  Before coming to Radio Free Asia, Wone had worked at the law firm Covington & Burling.

“We are devastated,” said Radio Free Asia communications director Sarah Jackson-Han, who added that Wone had only been with the corporation for about a month.  “He was a terrific guy.”

Police are offering a $25,000 reward for his killer’s arrest and conviction.

“Police are still investigating,” we were told three years ago.

Last night, MPD chief Cathy Lanier told reporters that “the investigation is still very active.”

If nothing else, the MPD remains on-message.

Perhaps this Thursday, if she does her regularly scheduled “Ask the Chief” program on WTOP, we can find out just how active this investigation really is.

-posted by Craig

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One Response to “ The Day After ”

  1. Clio on 08/04/2009 at 6:02 PM

    More Questions: Is it unusual that the home and its residents were not identified in the first news report on the radio? Or, was the slow trickle of details a conscious part of the police strategy of “active investigation?” Or, did the station only have time for what little they reported?

    To me, if the police were really worried about a deadly intruder on the loose, then the home and street would have been released immediately to the news media to prevent another fatal home invasion. That further confirms that no one apparently bought the proffered intruder theory from day one, except maybe for Victor.

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Purpose of this Site

On August 2nd, 2006, Washington attorney Robert E. Wone was murdered at 1509 Swann Street. Over two years passed before any criminal charges were filed - and then only conspiracy, obstruction of justice and crime scene tampering charges were brought against the Swann Street housemates, all present in the home on the night of the murder: Joe Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky.

On May 17, 2010, a DC Superior Court trial got underway and all three defendants were all acquitted in that bench trial on those pending charges.

Nearly four years later, very little seems clear about what happened that night and who murdered Robert Wone. A cloud of suspicion remains over the Swann Street defendants who have denied any involvement in the murder of their friend or in the alleged cover up.

Judge Lynn Leibovitz found a moral certainty in their collective guilt, but not evidentiary certainty. Civil proceedings in a wrongful death suit filed by Robert's family is the next chapter in this tragic story.

We continue to work together seeking answers to the mystery of Robert Wone's murder and in finding justice for his memory and legacy.