Court adjourned at 4:40pm. The afternoon session heard Zaborsky’s 911 call and the testimony of attending EMT, Jeff Baker, first on the scene at Swann Street.
Recap post goes up around 6:30pm
After the lunch break, testifying was the next door neighbor who heard “the scream.” William Thomas and his wife Claudia, of 1507 Swann Street.
AUSA Rachel Carson Leiber guided them though the evenings events and timeline, while defense counsel later needled them on the 4 long years since the murder, minor inconsistencies between their grand jury testimony from September 2006 and today’s recollections, or in other words, senior moments.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Thomas pushed back on the defense counsel.
A 15 minute break at 3:20pm saw the large model of the 1509 Swann Street property brought in. After the break, “Welcome to the Dollhouse.”
1:30pm – Lunch break
The morning continued at 10:45am with Kirschner continuing his questioning of Kathy Wone: the November 2007 lunch between Kathy and Joe, and a 2-inch stack of emails from Robert that Price gave her. He then asked about the October 2007 wedding of mutual fried Lisa Goddard and her conversations with the defendants there.
Also, she was asked about a December 2007 dinner Lisa Goddard had for Kathy and the housemates.
There were no subsequent meetings between Mrs. Wone and Price after that.
At 11:20, Price counsel Bernie Grimm began his cross. That, after the break. Grimm spent the better part of an hour asking her about Robert’s friendship and relationship with Price. He asked about the 30th birthday party, the founding of the W&M 13 Club, and the Wone’s attendance at the Equality Virginia dinner.
Throughout his questioning, Grimm worked hard to buttress a strong relationship between Robert and Joe.
Grimm questioned her at length about Robert’s nighttime habits: showering during hot weather and whether he slept with sheets on top of him or pushed aside.
Ward counsel David Schertler was up next. He drilled down on how Robert would fold his clothes before bed, where he would hang a wet towel, if he packed deodorant in his travel kit. He asked Mrs. Wone whether the housemates appeared to have been grieving when they made the condolence call. Yes, she said.
Judge Leibowitz had questions of her own: did Robert sleep under a top sheet? When did he place his bite guard in? Did he normally read or watch TV before bed?
Kirschner rose for re-direct and worked to refute Grimm’s characterization of an extremely close friendship. He asked Kathy to quantify how well she knew Joe Price. “I was surprised to learn of certain things,” she said softly.
An exhibit was shown that seemed to be a pic of a Swann Street bathroom, with a bar of deodorant on it. Did we apply deodorant before bed? No. Did he normally pack a full size or travel size? Full size.
It’s unclear from the picture what the size was. But I expect such a seemingly small item may play a larger role later.
Back in at 2:00pm for the afternoon session. A break update to follow perhaps.
Robert’s widow, Kathy Wone continued her testimony at 9:50am and was on the stand until 10:45.
She recounted her last day with Robert, that started at the gym on the morning of August 2 until their last phone call at 9:30pm that night.
AUSA Glenn Kirschner asked her to recount the initial phone call from Price moments after the murder, his and his housemates conversations at the funeral and subsequent meetings.
The trial resumes this morning at 9:45am.
It is expected that AUSA Glenn Kirschner will continue his questioning of Robert’s widow, Katherine.
She ended yesterday’s session by starting to tell just exactly how Robert wound up overnighting at 1509 Swann Street on the night of Wednesday, August 2, 2006.
MSM4M: The media page has been updated with much of yesterday’s coverage. Plenty of camera crews were on hand to get footage of the defendants. Ward counsel David Schertler pops up in one with a quick soundbite as he dodged the raindrops on his way into Court.
Upstairs-Downstairs: Yesterday we learned that after Robert’s murder, Sarah Morgan, W-4 in the original affidavit, downstairs tenant and friend of the Swann housemates (and possible witness), only returned to 1509 to retrieve her possessions and belongings. She moved out of the house immediately.
On the Street Where You Live(d):A loyal reader who lives on Swann Street writes to ask about the next door neighbor who heard the scream, W-3. We think we know which house it was, 1507. Home sales remain brisk on the 1500 block of Swann. Either the home of the recently ID’d W-5, Scott Hixson, is under contract, or the unit adjacent to him will change hands.
C-SPAN Radio: Monday’s capacity crowd sent many of us to Moutlrie’s room 213, the overflow room, where the audio feed was piped in. We’d be happy to stream that if Court gives us the go-ahead.
Craypas:After the jump, a handful of sketches from the courtroom artist Bill Hennessey. Our thanks to WRC-TV and WTTG-TV for letting us lift his work.