Government Turns Over Discovery Information
Last week, the government laid out their blueprint for the prosecution of this case. Now, in the most recent filing, AUSA Glenn Kirschner opened up his toolbox to reveal just how he will accomplish his task.
What is curious is this discovery summary isn’t part of the public record (yet) and only showed up as an attachment from the defense, whose joint motion complained that the government’s discovery summary was incomplete and inadequate.
More about the defendant’s motion will be posted later this week.
But, for case watchers, the information the government turned over won’t disappoint in either the breadth of its scope or new revelations.
For starters, the government turned over 3,043 pages of documentation, and this doesn’t include the amount of video/photographic evidence.
Recently, there has been concern that some of the videotapes of the defendants’ statements were lost. This might be well founded as the government supplied 5 CDs of the defendants videotaped statements — two CDs each for Price and Zaborsky yet only one for Ward. This is surprising since Ward was held the longest, and submitted to a polygraph test during the long night. Was part of Ward’s testimony lost?
Also turned over is photographic evidence from happier times in the trouple’s life such as their trip to Tuscany, Italy the year before the murder, as well as photos of Robert’s 30th birthday party.
Revealed for the first time is an extensive list of experts in every field from the medical examiner, trace evidence, sadism and masochism, electronic forensics, chemists, fingerprints, blood spatter and toxicology.
The summary goes into greater detail about the work of blood spatter expert Robert Spalding, who is doing additional tests about blood patterns resulting from a blood-soaked towel to a clean knife.
The list of experts also shows some strategy as well. For example, they listed an additional medical examiner, Dr. David Fowler, who is Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Maryland. His findings corroborate Lois Gosilinowski’s results, which should help ward off an aggressive defense attacks on the autopsy’s results.
Over the past year and a half several government filings have mentioned numerous nameless witnesses that have provided information about the character of the defendants. Now, they are no longer nameless.
They include Scott Hixson, who lived across the street from the defendants and is an interior designer (could this be the friend at Cosi after the murder?). Also mentioned is David Anderson, who used to live in DC but now lives in Miami, and Jefferson Wilson, a hairstylist who works at Axis salon.
Other listed names that have been noted before include Joe Price’s brother Michael and Louis Hinton, Michael Price’s domestic partner at the time of the murder. Also cited are Lisa Goddard and Peter Dernbach, both who were roommates of Joe and Victor when they lived on Constitution Avenue, as well as Mark Bright, for which little information is known about so far. Lisa Goddard was the “Lisa,” the friend mentioned that the defendants spoke about in the kitchen with Robert a short time before his murder.
There is one name notably absent from the list — downstairs roommate Sarah Morgan. Is this because she isn’t considered a government witness? Or is it because she is a material witness and not a “character” witness?
On the other side of case, it looks as if the defense might try to get the e-mails that were found by Detective Waid on Robert’s Blackberry but subsequently lost when the imaging was not conducted. The summary details that Detective Waid has met with the defense to discuss his recollections.
— Posted by The Editors