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Robert Wone Civil Suit Settled; Swann Street House Sold Again

Robert Wone, Swann Street NW, Borderstan

1509 Swann Street NW is the house where Robert Wone was murdered on Aug. 2, 2006. It was sold by the owners who also lived there at the time of the murder. That purchaser put it on the market earlier this summer and it sold on July 29.

Robert Wone was murdered on August 2, 2006, in a townhouse at 1509 Swann Street NW. To date no one has ever been charged with his death. The three residents of the house were charged with obstruction of justice in the case, but were acquitted in a bench trial last year.

Wone’s widow filed a $20 million wrongful death civil suit against the three men of Swann Street, but yesterday a settlement was reached on the fifth anniversary of his death.

The house on Swann Street was sold in June 2008 by the three owner-residents. The purchaser had put the house on the market again earlier this summer, and Redfin says it sold on July 29 for $1.495 million. The sales history of 1509? In May 2002 it went for $799,000, then sold for $1.276 million in Apri 2005 before fetching $1.475 million in June 2008, just $20,000 less than the most recent sale.

Lots of coverage:

WJLA-Channel 7: “Katherine Wone, Wone’s widow, decided to settle the suit with Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky, and Dylan Ward, according to a statement released by her attorneys. She remains convinced the men had something to do with her husband’s death.”

The Washington Post: “Robert Wone, 32, was probably drugged into a paralytic-like state and sexually assaulted, the documents said. There was no sign of a struggle. Nothing was stolen. And police found sadomasochistic sex toys and machines in the elegant house.”

Who Murdered Robert Wone website: “The wife of slain Washington attorney Robert Wone on Wednesday settled a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against the three roommates who shared the Dupont Circle-area rowhouse where Wone was fatally stabbed five years ago. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.”

The Washington Examiner: “Three men acquitted of misleading police in the unsolved 2006 death of Washington lawyer Robert Wone have agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to settle a civil lawsuit over his death.”

The Wall Street Journal: “The former general counsel of Radio Free Asia, Wone was fatally stabbed three times in the chest in August, 2006 in a Washington, D.C., townhouse. (Click here for LB background.)”

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Robert Wone Civil Suit Settled; Swann Street House Sold Again”

  1. odion says:

    Interesting sales record of 1509 Swann:

    July 29, 2011 for $1.495 million
    June 2008 fetched for $1.475 million
    April 2005 for $1.276 million
    May 2002 it went for $799,000

    Four times sales record in 9 years! Wow! Why does it change an owner every three years, and it’s has always been in the summer between April, May, June, and July? It’s not a coincidence, isn’t it?

    Did anyone research a history of this house besides the murder on August 2, 2006.

    Is this house haunted?

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