Where We’re At, And What May Come
Many have asked us of late for any news of a settlement in the case, or even if any settlement has actually been reached.
While we have nothing new we can share, we will note this: it’s been six weeks since there was any filing whatsoever in the case. In our two and a half years of following the criminal and now civil trial, that’s never happened before.
Of course, absence of a thing is not proof of its opposite – argumentum ad ignorantium is something that the defendants may have tried (“It can’t be one of us so it must be an intruder”) but we were instructed better in logic. Still, for the present we’re sticking to the story that a settlement has largely been reached.
Of course, what kind of settlement, and involving who specifically, might be the better questions now. Would the Wone family agree to a mere financial agreement in light of their (arguably) stronger position in the civil trial than the criminal? And which defendant(s) may have reached a deal?
Is it possible that one or two of the defendants have decided to take their losses now at the expense of one of their former partners? Yes, it’s very possible. And more importantly, could any deal reached possibly begin to break new ground in the DC Police Department’s murder investigation?
We noted with interest a small item this Saturday in the Washington Post. “Ft. Washington Man Arrested in Two DC Homicides From Late 90’s” read the headline to Matt Zapotosky’s story, detailing the arrest of Cederick Shuler, 35, in connection to two homicides from 1998 and 1999. “Police did not say why they believed Shuler was responsible or what they believed his motive was,” was the sentence that caught our eye.
We’ve always found it a little hard to just accept Chief Lanier’s comments that the Wone case remains “very active” and just move on. But there is no statute of limitations on murder, and there’s no telling what may dislodge over the coming months. As we said before – settlement doesn’t mean it’s over.