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Day 22: BREAKING

06/24/2010
By Doug
Day 22:  BREAKING

BREAKING: The Wone trial officially ended at 4:59, Judge Leibovitz expects to issue her verdict Tuesday at 11am, pending any changes.  Wrap coming soon 3:15 Update – Who’s Under the Bus? Bernie Grimm, for Joe Price, and Thomas Connolly for Victor Zaborsky have finished their statements.  It was a study of contrasts. Grimm focused only evidence tampering, in what...
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Day 18: Wrap

06/18/2010
By Doug
Day 18: Wrap

Rolling Back the Roll Back of the Clock Dr. Jeff Smith was the sole defense witness today.  Associate professor of emergency medicine, director of clinical operations at George Washington University Hospital, teacher, author, lecturer, board certified in emergency and internal medicine…you can see where this is going.  Amy Richardson for the defense moves admitting Dr. Smith...
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Day 17: Updates

06/17/2010
By Doug
Day 17: Updates

4pm Update: An Early Day The day’s wrap is coming soon.  Until then: Nicholas Petraco finished cross and re-direct, and the court rose.  Tomorrow, one witness for the defense; court reconvenes at 2:15 pm.  1:30 Update: In-and-Out Burger Surprise!  Defense had asked to regroup mid-way through Petraco’s testimony, leading to a 10 minute break.  Reconvening, Schertler rose to...
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Day 16: Wrap

06/16/2010
By Doug
Day 16: Wrap

Impermissible Speculation, or Reasonable Inference? First, the end of the day’s events.  At 4pm Judge Leibovitz – to the apparent irritation of some legal counsel – reconvened to begin hearing argument in the motion to acquit, brought under Rule 29 at the close of the prosecution’s case in chief.  Recall from Sean’s post that these motions may...
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Day 16: Updates

06/16/2010
By Doug
Day 16: Updates

5:00pm Update: Adjournment A full recap of the day’s activity hits around 7:00pmET…  The prosecution finds its feet and the defense tries to trip them up. 3:00pm Update – If the Knife Doesn’t Fit… Detective Bryan Waid was called back to the stand to authenticate the “exemplar” knife obtained by MPD to act as a dummy of the...
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Day 15: Wrap

06/15/2010
By Doug
Day 15: Wrap

An End In Sight – With Stipulations Judge Leibovitz returned to the bench this afternoon at 2:30…and promptly left for a walk.  The reason: defense and prosecution negotiations were close – very close – to a comprehensive set of deals that could allow motions to proceed, the government to call one final witness, and then rest.  The break...
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Day 15: Updates

06/15/2010
By Doug
Day 15: Updates

2pm Update:  What were we saying about stepping on the gas earlier? 11:30, Det. Daniel Whalen was called.  A 27+ year veteran of the MPD, and homicide detective for over 20. Whalen was investigating the August 2nd murder, but it was the 1509 Swann burglary that brought him to court.  AUSA Glenn Kirschner engaged Whalen on a...
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Day 14: Wrap

06/14/2010
By Doug
Day 14: Wrap

Drama…and Tedium It’s been a while since things moved so expeditiously in Judge Lynn Leibovitz’ courtroom…and that’s probably saying something. “What’s the plan?” asked Leibovitz, prompting thought that the government would bring nine additional witnesses barring a new agreement w/the defense that could slim that number.  Through the day we got a clear sense of the plan...
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Day 14: Updates

06/14/2010
By Doug
Day 14: Updates

3:30 Update As expected, the first witness called after the lunch break was Jason Torchinsky.  Close friends by all measures, attorney Torchinsky was also close to Kathy Wone at the time of the murder, and served unofficially for a brief time as Kathy’s counsel.  Torchinsky testified on two main areas – first, the Sunday evening phone...
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Day 5: Updates

05/24/2010
By Doug
Day 5: Updates

5:00pm Adjournment The first half hour of Joe Price’s videotaped interrogation was played in court this afternoon.  Seeing it is far different than reading it on the printed page. The trial reconvenes at 9:00am tomorrow.  A full recap of today will go up by 7:00pm 3:45pm Update The afternoon session evidence kicked off David Schertler’s continued cross of...
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Purpose of this Site

On August 2nd, 2006, Washington attorney Robert E. Wone was murdered at 1509 Swann Street. Over two years passed before any criminal charges were filed - and then only conspiracy, obstruction of justice and crime scene tampering charges were brought against the Swann Street housemates, all present in the home on the night of the murder: Joe Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky.

On May 17, 2010, a DC Superior Court trial got underway and all three defendants were all acquitted in that bench trial on those pending charges.

Nearly four years later, very little seems clear about what happened that night and who murdered Robert Wone. A cloud of suspicion remains over the Swann Street defendants who have denied any involvement in the murder of their friend or in the alleged cover up.

Judge Lynn Leibovitz found a moral certainty in their collective guilt, but not evidentiary certainty. Civil proceedings in a wrongful death suit filed by Robert's family is the next chapter in this tragic story.

We continue to work together seeking answers to the mystery of Robert Wone's murder and in finding justice for his memory and legacy.

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