A Diary's Dire Circumstances?
Hinton Diary Reveals Michael Price’s Behavior AFTER The Murder
Last week, the government turned up the heat on Robert Wone case when they laid down their blueprint in the notice of uncharged conduct.
In doing so they also revealed that Joe Price’s brother, Michael, who remains uncharged in the Robert Wone case, is still a prominent person of interest. The relationship between Joe and Michael Price has been discussed extensively on this site, though Michael Price as an individual has not been fully discussed.
We learned in the latest government filing that during the summer of 2006 Michael Price was enrolled at Montgomery College in a phlebotomy course. What makes this curious to government investigators is phlebotomy is all about drawing blood through needles, and it’s been claimed that Robert Wone’s body had several pre-mortem puncture wounds.
It became even more interesting when the government explained that Michael Price had perfect attendance at the class, and the first class he missed was August 2, 2006. This revelation combined with a priceless nugget of information tucked deep in the search warrant affidavits paints a fuller picture of Michael’s behavior on the day of the murder and immediately afterwards.
In previously unreported information, Michael Price suffered his worst drug relapse in the days immediately following the murder.
The government writes:
[Michael Price's Domestic Partner Louis] Hinton stated his diary/journal also has entries about Michael Price relapsing with crack cocaine immediately following the murder and described that relapse as the worst one.”
In a case full of these sorts of odd circumstances, these two bookends about Micheal Price’s behavior just so happen to surround the period when Robert Wone was murdered.
How the diary came to be important to the case is a story itself. Hinton didn’t bring up the diary as a way to document Michael’s relapse, but instead he was using it to vouch for Michael’s alibi about his where about’s during the time of Robert’s murder. Hinton states that Michael was at home in bed with him, and Louis wrote about it in his diary.
You have to assume that if this diary was electronic, investigators checked the entry for the date, and if it was posted after the murder. That could suggest that it was entered as part of the conspiracy. They MPD have never mentioned this, so it seems safe to assume that it checked out. But, we have come to learn that every assumption in this case needs to be verified.
Joe Price has not been shy about discussing his brother’s drug addiction. Judy Tseng’s piece about Robert and the murder confirms this when Joe answered questions about Michael during the investigation into the break in at 1509 Swann Street three months after the murder:
“Joseph Price told police that Michael was a drug addict who hung out with other addicts, and that Michael was not given permission to go back there to take anything.”
If Michael Price had a significant relapse immediately after Robert’s murder, were the police able to locate anyone who was involved with Michael during this time? Would an addict speak about the reason for the relapse? Did Michael say anything to anyone while allegedly smoking crack?
While Louis Hinton’s diary protected Michael with an alibi, it also opened another avenue for the investigation.
– Posted by David