Joe and Victor Jumped to Dylan’s Defense; Why Didn’t Dylan Reciprocate?
Throughout the investigation into the murder of Robert Wone, the Metropolitan Police Department maintained that the Swann Street defendants told a consistent story about what happened on the evening of August 2, 2006. Diane Durham’s statement was the first to question the authenticity of this claim.
Yet, if their version of events from that ugly evening always lined up, you would also think they always had each other’s backs. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
In the original affidavit both Joe and Victor defended Dylan. Joe’s statement was the strongest:
“There’s no way on the face of the earth that Dylan could even punch somebody. I know Victor and Dylan better than I know my mom. They (Ward and Zaborsky) couldn’t even spank a child that was being bad.”
Victor’s statement was equally definitive:
Zaborsky speculated that Ward could not have killed Mr. Wone because Ward is “one of the nicest, sweetest people I’ve ever met.”
While being questioned in Ancostia the evening of the murder both Joe and Victor were quick to defend Dylan from any involvement in the murder of Robert Wone. Also notice, though, that their defense is not based on first-hand, eye-witness evidence, but rather is character based. Dylan is sweet, so he could not doing anything so reprehensible.
What Dylan said follows after the jump.
When asked whether Price or Zaborsky could have committed the murder, Dylan was not able to say. The original affidavit reads:
Ward indicated that he could not say whether Price or Zaborsky killed Mr. Wone as he [Ward] claimed that he did not emerge from his bedroom until well after the stabbing had occurred.
Why didn’t Dylan immediately jump to Joe and Victor’s defense just as they had done for him? Was Dylan just being more accurate in testimony by not adding any rhetorical flourishes that couldn’t be supported by evidence?
He easily could have given the same character-based defense that Joe and Victor did for him. But, during that long night in Ancostia, it looks like Dylan wasn’t ready to walk that plank for them.
Throughout the course of this long investigation, the conventional wisdom has been that the defendants always stuck to the same story, and were always watching out for each other.
After watching the three defendants choose separate entrances at the January 15 status hearing, is there a chance daylight was between them as early as the night of the murder?
— Posted by David