The prosecution claims the knife found on the night stand next to Robert’s body was not the weapon used to commit the murder.
That knife, they contend, came from a culinary set of three knives located in Dylan Ward’s room, which went missing. Medical Examiner Lois Goslinoski reached this conclusion based the nature of the Robert’s wounds, concluding the missing knife was more consistent with the shape and depth of the wounds than the one found next to Robert.
The defense claims that an intruder found an unlocked backdoor, grabbed one of the knifes from their kitchen knife set, ran upstairs to the front of the 2nd floor, stabbed Robert and then left the knife on night stand. The intruder then made a hasty retreat without being seen or heard by anyone in the home.
While these two stories are seemingly irreconcilable, they do raise questions about each that might help explain what happened that evening.
First, what intruder would depend on having to find a murder weapon in the home? It was clear that this intruder did not intend to steal anything, or they would have done so. If their intent was to kill, why depend on the murder weapon being readily available in the kitchen?
Yes, many kitchens have knife sets, but just as many do not. Many people, especially families with small children might have their knives tucked away.
Second, why didn’t the intruder take the weapon with him/her when they left? Leaving the knife would mean leaving behind a key piece of evidence. Was the intruder lucky enough to find an unlocked back door, a readily available murder weapon, a home where everyone was asleep, but so unlucky as to leave behind the murder weapon?
Third, if one of the housemates committed the murder,why didn’t they dispose of the weapon? And why then did they, as the prosecution contends, plant another knife?
Not only plant another knife, but go so far as to wipe Robert’s blood on the knife to make it look like this was the murder weapon. Would this throw investigator’s off the trail from finding the real murder weapon, and the real murderer?
If that was the case, this decision reveals a certain type of thinking. A missing knife from Dylan Ward’s culinary knife set would have been too incriminating. Why? Because the intruder would have needed to go into Dylan’s room, while he was there, find the knife, and take it. And that wouldn’t square with Dylan’s story that he slept through the entire event.
A murder weapon taken from the downstairs is more easily explainable and still allows none of the housemates to see the actual intruder.
-posted by David