Does New Information Call Into Question Morgan’s Testimony?
Three months ago today, Joe Price, Victor Zaborsky and Dylan Ward walked away from a prison sentence. Their freedom granted because the judge in the bench trial was unable to find guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt” based on the evidence in the case. This decision may sound surprising when the government alone entered more than 4,000 pieces of evidence in its prosecution.
Sarah Morgan was one of the prosecution’s key witnesses, granted by her status as “member of the family”at Swann Street while residing as a tenant in the basement of the home at the time of Robert Wone’s murder. She testified she was closest to Victor Zaborsky, having known him for 16 years. Posts on her testimony from the June trial can be found here, here and here.
After Zaborsky, she was closest to Joe Price, having known him for 10 years and was least close to Dylan Ward having known him for seven years. Subtract four years for all three to arrive at the amount of time she knew each defendant at the time of the murder.
Morgan testified that she traveled on international vacations, first with Price and Zaborsky in 2003, and then Price, Zaborsky and Ward in 2005; both excursions to Italy.
In one of the more shocking and revealing moments from the trial, Morgan stated that Ward, who had just moved into the Price and Zaborsky’s Constitution Avenue home in 2003, told her Price was going to break up with Zaborsky and he (Ward) would become Price’s partner.
What her testimony meant depended on what you inclined to hear. It could show that Ward was manipulating Morgan’s close relationship with Zaborsky to achieve his own ends – why else would he tell the person who was closest to Zaborsky information that would have been devastating? Or, it could also speak to an intimacy between Ward and Morgan despite the relatively short amount of time that they knew each other.
What ever one takes away from her account, it shows that Morgan was considered close enough by Ward to share the inner working of their family dynamics, and in 2003, there was what Colbert might exlaim dramaness.
Of course, we know that Dylan Ward did not replace Victor Zaborsky in the relationship, he was just added to it.
Seven years later, four years after the crime itself, Morgan testified at the criminal trial that she was “unaware” and “didn’t see” any behavior outside of the norm for what she agreed was a “cohesive [family] unit.”
In stipulations that came out late in the trial, and now in the released emails and cards between the defendants, we gained a deeper knowledge about the relationship that might call into question her knowledge of the family dynamics. We now know Ward was seeking space from Price, and demonstrated flagging sexual interest in him as well. We also learned that this development caused Joe Price to “obsess” as to how this could happen; forcing Price to pull out all the stops to keep the “love-of-my-life” Ward sexually and romantically interested in Mr. Price, even including a third sexual partner to their physical relationship that was not Zaborsky. All of this new information seems to show that Joe and Dylan’s relationship was going through a major readjustment. Again, sounds like dramaness on Swann Street in the Summer of 2006.
Yet, when asked by defense counsel about whether she saw any unusual behavior regarding the Swann Street housemates during June and July 2006, she said she did not witness any.
There may be several answers for why Miss Morgan chose to answer this way. First, this could be her truth as she knew it – she did not know of Dylan Ward’s diminishing interest in Joe Price, and certainly did not witness this in their behavior towards each other. If that is the case, then Dylan Ward seems to also have withdrawn from Miss Morgan as not the same confidant that she was in 2003. He might have withheld information from her because it no longer helped him achieve an objective.
If not, then is/was Miss Morgan less than candid about her knowledge of the relationship as it stood in June and July in 2006, just weeks before Robert Wone was murdered in her home?
Could it be that Sarah Morgan’s lack of testimony about the dramaness at Swann Street in the Summer of 2006 put her truthiness on the line?
-posted by David