Dylan Ward’s first police interview from the night of Robert’s murder was managed by Detectives Daniel Wagner and Milton Norris. It was played in court on day six of the obstruction trial, May 25. Wagner was laconic, rocking back in his chair, eyes firmly fixed on his subject, while Norris played the street-smart cop, mostly to type.
Wagner kicked off the interrogation noting his concern that he wasn’t getting the straight story. “I’m troubled. Very troubled. I have to be honest and fair with you. I don’t believe we’re getting the truth here.”
More, and the full video, after the jump. Wagner departed midway through and handed off the duties to his partner. Ward with his legs and arms crossed sat relatively emotionless throughout the first portion and set the scene. “Robert is just a friend, a casual friend. We were just doing him a favor by letting him stay there..”
Responding to a question if he saw any blood on his housemate/partner Joe Price, Ward said, “I never got close enough to Joe to notice blood…”
Was Zaborsky lying in his interviews? Is Ward lying too? We may never know, but there appeared to be some obvious shading of the truth by Norris. About 27 minutes in, he tells Ward, “We talked to a couple of folks, a couple of your neighbors… and just so happened to be up. They told us they didn’t see anybody climbing the fence, jumping into the yard. They didn’t see anybody climbing the fence, leaving the yard.”
Maybe the MPD would’ve been better off had they actually talked to neighbors instead of blowing smoke with the three suspects. Next door neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas testified that they were not interviewed by MPD until three weeks after the murder. Hey, what’s the big rush, right?
The interview transcript is here. Roll tape.
Dylan Ward MPD Interrogation Video 1 – Time: 00:51