In case you were without contact with the outside world today, then you might have missed the acquittals of the three defendants in the Robert Wone conspiracy trial today at DC’s Moultrie Courthouse.
The website Who Murdered Robert Wone (WMRW)–and most other DC media outlets–have details. The WMRW website actually crashed this afternoon as the site was hit with more traffic than the server could handle.
In a nutshell: The three defendants were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice in the murder of Robert Wone on August 2, 2006. Wone was murdered at 1509 Swann Street NW, where all three defendants lived and were on the night of the murder. (No one has been charged with murder to date.) Today, the presiding judge acquitted all three defendants of all charges; the defendants have waived their right to trial by jury.
WMRW has an analysis of the trial and the verdict, along with a link to Judge Lynn Leibovtiz’s verdict. Be sure to read the excerpts from the judge’s verdict on the most recent post at WMRW: they are some real jaw-droppers regarding he defendants Joseph Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky.
The word is that the Wone family will be bringing a civil suit against the defendants for wrongful death.
The end is, apparently, near in the conspiracy trial of the Swann Street Three. The website Who Murdered Robert Wone reports that the defense rests and that closing statements are Thursday. As all three defendants waived their right to trial by jury, the presiding judge will decide their fate.
Robert Wone was found murdered on August 2, 2006, in a row house at 1509 Swann Street NW. No one has been charged in his murder. The three men on trial lived at the Swann Street house where Wone was visiting and was murdered. The three defendants–Joseph Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky–are accused of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and tampering with evidence.
It looks like the trial of three men accused of conspiracy to obstruct justice in the August 2, 2006, murder of Robert Wone will continue on for at least a few more weeks. Media coverage–print and television–is ongoing and thorough, so there are a number of choices for your coverage.
Over at the Who Murdered Robert Wone website you can get links to the coverage as well as their own updates throughout the day at their website. The creators-editors of the Wone website live in the Logan Circle area and know the area well, which gives their coverage an added oomph.
Robert Wone was found murdered almost four years ago in a row house at 1509 Swann Street NW. No one has been charged in his murder. The three men on trial lived at the Swann Street house where Wone was visiting and was murdered.
The three defendants–Joseph Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky–are accused of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and tampering with evidence.
Wednesday Update: It appears that the trial could close today or tomorrow. Also, remember that this is not a jury trial. The three defendants all waived their rights to a jury trial, which means the judge will make a ruling in the charges.
The trial of three men accused of conspiracy to obstruct justice in the August 2, 2006, murder of Robert Wone resumed yesterday at DC’s Moultrie Courthouse. The editors at Who Murdered Robert Wone? have detailed (but easy-to-read) reports of Monday’s trial, which resumed after a one-week break.
Robert Wone was found murdered almost four years ago in a row house at 1509 Swann Street NW. No one has been charged in his murder. The three men on trial lived at the Swann Street house where Wone was visiting and was murdered. The three defendants–Joseph Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky–are accused of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and tampering with evidence.
A high-profile criminal trial gets underway today at the Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Avenue NW. The Swann Street residents of the house where Robert Wone was murdered on August 2, 2006, are standing trial for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and crime scene tampering. Last week the three defendants waived their right to a trial by jury; the presiding judge will render a verdict.
The defendants are Joe Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky, all of whom were at home at 1509 Swann Street NW the night Wone was murdered; Wone was a guest in the house. To date, no one has been charged with Wone’s murderd.
The editors at Who Murdered Robert Wone? will have regular updates on the trial at the website, Twitter and Facebook. Their site is the place to go for news about the trial and the events surrounding Wone’s death. Be sure to read the article on the editors and the site in today’s Washington Post, “Web site grows out of fascination with Robert Wone killing.” One of the defense attorneys is quoted in the Post article: Bernard S. Grimm, one of the three defense attorneys, dismisses it as “salacious and vile and offensive.”
The trial could take about a month.
The editors over at Who Murdered Robert Wone? will be doing live updates starting at 2:45 p.m. on the obstruction of justice charges against three defendants in the Robert Wone murder case. That is when today’s hearing begins downtown at the Moultrie Couthouse; the editors may also provide Twitter updates (@wonetrial). Wone was murdered on the evening of August 2, 2006, at a house on the 1500 block of Swann Street NW. He had been restrained and stabbed.
To date, no one has been charged with Wone’s murder. However, the three residents of the Swann Street house where Wone was murdered are scheduled to be tried for obstruction of justice in the case.
What’s with today’s hearding? According to the editors:
Joe Price’s Miranda battles may figure prominently at this afternoon’s hearing in the Robert Wone case. We preview today’s events, and will be updating via Twitter throughout. Later today, complete coverage of what happens inside Moultrie Courthouse.
The editors have already posted several updates this week:
There is a new posting today over at the Web site, Who Murdered Robert Wone? The title is “Uncharged Conduct: Defense Response.” Robert Wone was murdered on August 2, 2006, in a row house on the 1500 block of Swann Street NW. Charges have not been filed in his murder. The current charges against the three men who lived in the row house are for obstruction of justice in the case.
According to the editors of the site, “We’re running three stories over the next three days on the flurry of defense filings in the Robert Wone case. Wednesday, we dig into the Defense Response to Uncharged Conduct I; Thursday and Friday we amplify the Motions to Suppress Involuntary Custodial Statements, and Motions of Severance. And coming next week… new developments among the Trouple.”
You can also read Borderstan’s most recent previous posting, “Robert Wone Murder: Government Filing Includes ‘Lurid, Unsettling Details.’ ”
It’s been a few months since we told you about the Robert Wone murder case, and recent filings by federal prosecutors in Washington D.C. have, to put it mildly, raised eyebrows. Wone, pictured, was murdered in 2006 while visiting friends in a tony section of Washington. At the time, he was the general counsel at Radio Free Asia. He was 32.
Even better, if you want a quick synopsis of the toys found at the house on Swann Street and quick rundown of the three residents of the house who are being charged with obstruction in the murder case of Robert Wone… be sure to read this post at Gawker: The Weird Weirdos Accused of Murdering Robert Wone.
More news on the Robert Wone murder case. You will recall that Wone was murdered on the 1500 block of Swann Street on August 2, 2006. According to one of the editors at the Web site, Who Murdered Robert Wone?, there was “quite a splash” with yesterday’s government filing of Uncharged Conduct I in the Wone case and trial. The Washington Post and Legal Times also have reports.
Co-Editor Craig Brownstein said, “A lot of lurid and unsettling details were included. Very lurid indeed. This is getting red hot. For the most part, the government showed their blueprint on how they will prosecute the case.”
The editors over at Who Murdered Robert Wone? offer new information on the autopsy report of Wone: “Lingering questions about what drugs were and were not tested for in the autopsy are now revealed.” More specifically, what paralytic drugs might have been used on Wone prior to his murder? The big question was whether Wone’s blood was tested for ketamine, commonly known as “K” or “Special K.”
Luis happened to see this message yesterday, “Who Murdered Robert Wone?” in the crosswalk at 15th and Church Streets NW. It remains the most infamous crime in recent years in the Dupont Circle-Logan Circle neighborhood.
Earlier Postings on Robert Wone
- Third Anniversary or Robert Wone’s Murder
- New WaPo Story on Robert Wone Murder (with link to recording of the 911 call on night of murder)
- Web Site Devoted to Robert Wone Murder; $25K Reward
- Robert Wone Murder: Judge Puts Civil Case on Hold
- 2006 Swann St. Murder: 3 People Indicted
- WaPo: Update on 2006 Swann Street Murder (w/ Affidavit)
- Arrest Made in Connection with 2006 Swann Street Murder
dcist has a slide show of some the visiting Teabaggers (yes, I still laugh about the use of the term), birthers and such on the National Mall on Saturday. We saw a handful of the visitors (we identified them by their hats and shirts) walking on the 1400-block of P Street NW last night in front of Halo and Stoney’s. My guess is that they were mystified by the site of… oh, a bunch of things… most likely by the fact that all kinds of people manage to get along with one another.
The report of the special committee of ANC 2F-Logan Circle on the Arts Overlay zone for the 14th and U Streets corridors is covered and analyzed… Mr. 14th & You has covered the process all along (with several very good postings) and was a member of the committee. In addition, Greater Greater Washington has also covered the process and weighs in with an analysis of the committee report.
I picked this up up from Loose Lips at the Washington City Paper: “Capitol Hill family wants to raise chickens in their backyard. City says no way. But WTTG-TV reports that the family is ‘working with the office of DC Councilmember Tommy Wells to try to get the law changed.’ ” I will admit that if the economy gets any worse, I may consider some chickens for our back garden.
And a nod to Real World DC: “September 8: Cast member Ashley now bartends at McFaddens near GW…. BREAKING: September 8: Cast member Erika reportedly quits and leaves.”