Government’s Motion Previews Upcoming Testimony
When the trial resumes next week, and if the witnesses for prosecution deliver testimony according to the government’s recently filed notice of intent, then Glenn Kirschner, Rachel Carson Lieber and Patrick Martin will deliver the goods, and then some.
So far, during the first three week’s of the prosecution’s case, witnesses’ testimony have not strayed far from previously given statements. Sarah Morgan testified that Dylan had told her he would “replace Victor as Joe’s partner in the relationship.” Tara Ragone proffered that Joe told her there was a “big difference between tampering with a crime scene and wiping something away while waiting for the ambulance because you’re freaked out by all the blood.”
Those statement were released, almost verbatim, in the Government’s Notice to introduce certain defendants’ statements made to civilian witnesses. This filing hit the clerk’s office early last week, as it was not available last time we checked during the trial. We just picked it up along with the Michael Price motion.
If next week goes according to plan, the government has, at least, two very strong civilian witnesses with powerful testimony that will speak to the structure of the Swann Street family with Joe Price in the lead decision-making role, the family’s state of mind when delaying reporting reporting of a crime because it involved a member of their family and how Joe Price’s questions sought to gain control over a quickly expanding police investigation into murder of Robert Wone.
So who said what?
Scott Hixson, the Swann Street neighbor who lived across the street from the defendants at the time of the murder, is expected to offer direct testimony that Joe Price told him on the morning after the murder that Price pulled the knife out of Robert’s chest.
While Tara Ragone’s testimony taken in context of her entire conversation with Joe Price about the murder underscored this fact, it still left a lingering bit of doubt as to whether removing the knife actually meant pulling the knife out of Robert. According the government’s notice, Hixson’s testimony directly states that Price “had to pull the knife out of my friend.”
What we learn is that Hixson never made it to Cosi that morning; he had to leave the Anacostia Violent Crimes Branch before the defendants were ready. This is different from the original affidavit which states that a witness at the Cosi breakfast heard this from Joe Price.
He will also testify that Dylan Ward was too afraid to enter the 1509 residence alone after Michael Price’s burglary, and requested that he join him to investigate. Hixson will offer an eyewitness account of how Dylan called Joe first with the news of the burglary, then Victor. Then he will state that both Zaborsky and Ward told him independently that because Michael was a family member, they wanted discuss it with Joe first and decide if they want to press charges.
Also up will be Jason Torchinsky, a former roommate of Robert’s and Kathy Wone’s first counsel after murder. He will testify the Joe called him to ask if Kathy would be willing to waive her attorney-client privilege so she could discuss what the police had asked her about.
Not to confuse us anymore, the prosecution has renumbered the witnesses. To help everyone understand who is being discussed we offer this brief cheat sheet:
W-1: Tara Ragone
W-2: Scott Hixson
W-3: Jason Torchinsky
W-4: Louis Hinton
W-5: Sarah Morgan
— Posted by David