The Grand Jury

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Three weeks to the day after Robert’s murder, the Washington Post was leaked information about grand jury testimony that was taking place:

Katherine Wone, 35, wife of Robert Wone, testified for more than an hour about “her interaction with the three guys in the house, both immediately after the incident and the days that followed,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of the grand jury.

Who else testified is hard to say.  We’re nearly certain downstairs ‘roommate’ Sarah Morgan was called.

Moultrie 2In Allan Lengel’s piece we see several story lines emerge that shaped coverage in the months and years to come:

“Wone was spending the night because he had worked late and did not want to drive back to his Oakton home…   A court document stated that authorities believe the crime scene was cleaned before police arrived.”

Another theme:  unambiguous denial of any involvement in the murder.  Speaking on behalf of the Swann Street housemates, Price & Zaborsky counsel Kathleen Voelker offers a vigorous defense:

Kathleen E. Voelker, an attorney for one of the townhouse residents, said the three men have told police “unequivocally that none of them were involved” in the slaying.

The full story after the jump.
Slain Lawyer’s Wife Testifies in District

By Allan Lengel,Washington Post Staff Writer,  Thursday, August 24, 2006

The wife of a lawyer killed this month in a townhouse near Dupont Circle testified yesterday before a grand jury investigating the death, according to a source familiar with the inquiry.

Katherine Wone, 35, the wife of Robert Wone, testified for more than an hour about “her interaction with the three guys in the house, both immediately after the incident and the days that followed,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of the grand jury.

Wone, 32, general counsel for Radio Free Asia, was found fatally stabbed Aug. 2 in a townhouse in the 1500 block of Swann Street NW. The two owners of the house and a third resident were at home during the slaying.

Wone was spending the night because he had worked late and did not want to drive back to his Oakton home, officials have said.

Channing Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, declined to comment.

Kathleen E. Voelker, an attorney for one of the townhouse residents, said the three men have told police “unequivocally that none of them were involved” in the slaying.

They have been barred from returning while police and FBI agents continue to examine the crime scene, according to two people familiar with the case. A court document stated that authorities believe the crime scene was cleaned before police arrived.

-posted by Craig

6 comments for “The Grand Jury

  1. Nelly
    08/26/2009 at 5:30 PM

    Again, this part turned out to be false and unnecessarily led to an online uproar as to why Robert stayed over at his friend’s home-
    ” did not want to drive back to his Oakton home…”
    I know I have said it before, but I hate the spread of inaccuracies that lead to innuendoes. Robert did not even have a car with him, so it wasn’t that easy for him to get home late at night.

    • former crackho
      08/28/2009 at 2:20 PM

      I live in Alexandria and its a pain in the ass going home on metro non-rush hour. Between waiting longer for a train and waiting up to an hour for a bus from the station to my condo, it can take almost 2 hours for the 8 mile trip if you don’t get the timing right. I bet if Robert drove to work, he would have gone home that night and would still be alive. Just one of several ways taking metro can kill you.

  2. Nelly
    08/26/2009 at 5:30 PM

    Again, this part turned out to be false and unnecessarily led to an online uproar as to why Robert stayed over at his friend’s home-
    ” did not want to drive back to his Oakton home…”
    I know I have said it before, but I hate the spread of inaccuracies that lead to innuendoes. Robert did not even have a car with him, so it wasn’t that easy for him to get home late at night.

    • former crackho
      08/28/2009 at 2:20 PM

      I live in Alexandria and its a pain in the ass going home on metro non-rush hour. Between waiting longer for a train and waiting up to an hour for a bus from the station to my condo, it can take almost 2 hours for the 8 mile trip if you don’t get the timing right. I bet if Robert drove to work, he would have gone home that night and would still be alive. Just one of several ways taking metro can kill you.

  3. Clio
    08/26/2009 at 8:10 PM

    The wording here is just a rehash of earlier silences and misconceptions: Ward is just “another resident” vis-a-vis Price and Zaborsky; Sarah is not mentioned; the passive voice “was cleaned” is used; and the impromptu version of why Robert stayed is made prominent. A single source tells us the obvious about Kathy Wone. The attorney for two of the “witnesses” then tells us a predictable sound bite. Again, did any of these “reporters” expend any shoe leather to leave the comfort of their air-conditioned offices? Apparently and sadly not.

  4. Clio
    08/26/2009 at 8:10 PM

    The wording here is just a rehash of earlier silences and misconceptions: Ward is just “another resident” vis-a-vis Price and Zaborsky; Sarah is not mentioned; the passive voice “was cleaned” is used; and the impromptu version of why Robert stayed is made prominent. A single source tells us the obvious about Kathy Wone. The attorney for two of the “witnesses” then tells us a predictable sound bite. Again, did any of these “reporters” expend any shoe leather to leave the comfort of their air-conditioned offices? Apparently and sadly not.

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