A Friend is Slain in Your Home? STFU
One of the more unsettling aspects of the then-suspects’, now defendants’ puzzling behavior following Robert’s murder was their complete silence on both their friend’s death and their own innocence.
None of the three Swann Street housemates found it necessary to distance themselves from the crime by way of public statements or even through their attorneys.
The first time we heard from any of them was more than two years after the murder. Price, hat in hand, was trying to scare up funds for his legal defense.
So it was left to the hired guns to do the talking. Kathleen Voelker, at that point representing the domestic partners, was initially very measured in her comments, telling the Legal Times Emma Schwartz, “They remain hopeful that the police will identify the intruder who committed this senseless crime.”
David Schertler, on the clock for Ward, was wildly optimistic with Schwartz, saying “My client has not done anything wrong, and I don’t believe he will be charged.”
When Allison Klein banged out the first Washington Post story, Voelker wasn’t returning phone calls while Schertler stayed on message. Quoting Klein’s story,
“Schertler…said Ward had nothing to do with Wone’s slaying. Schertler said Ward told police that neither of the other two men was involved, either.”
When the grand jury started poking around, Voelker – perhaps feeling more heat ramped up her language – told the Post’s Allan Lengel that, “…the three men have told police ‘unequivocally that none of them were involved.'”
Innocent until proven guilty is a cherished precept no doubt, but is there a way to look any guiltier than by hiding behind such an impenetrable wall of silence?