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Robert Wone Murder: Government Filing Includes “Lurid, Unsettling Details”


Thursday Update: The Wall Street Journal has an article today on its Law Blog about the Wone murder case. Glad to know we live in a “tony” part of town. From WSJ:

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.

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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.”

Brownstein points to 13 page in the document: “Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner totally unloaded and indicated he’s going to go to the wall in the trial… not shying away at all from his initial theories that Robert Wone was injected with a paralytic agent, restrained and sexually assaulted before he was stabbed to death.  He contends the conspiracy and obstruction was orchestrated to cover up for and protect the killer—who he says is known to the defendants.”

Brownstein notes that to “buttress his injection accusation,” that Kirschner points to Defendant Joe Price’s troubled younger brother Michael, who as a phlebotomy student, may have had ready access to the both the equipment and drugs.

The only blood-drawing class that Michael missed happened to be on the night of the murder, August 2, 2006—another “odd and quirky wrinkle among many in this case,” according to Brownstein. In addition, Michael Price was later arrested for robbing the crime scene home several months after the murder.

here was quite a splash with yesterday’s Govt filing of Uncharged Conduct I in the Wone case & trial.  And a lot of lurid and unsettling details were included.  Very lurid indeed.

This is getting red hot.  For the most part, the Govt showed their blueprint on how they will prosecute the case.  Besides us, the Legal Times and Wash Post (p.2 Metro) filed.  Links follow.

In the 13 page doc, AUSA Glenn Kirschner totally unloaded and indicated he’s going to go balls to the wall in the trial not shying away at all from his initial theories that Robert Wone was injected with a paralytic agent, restrained and sexually assaulted before he was stabbed to death.  He contends the conspiracy and obstruction was orchestrated to cover up for and protect the killer – who he says is known to the defendants.

Also: To buttress his injection accusation, Kirschner points to Defendant Joe Price’s troubled younger brother Michael, who as a phlebotomy student, may have had ready access to the both the equipment and drugs.

The only blood-drawing class that Michael missed happened to be on the night of the murder, August 2, 2006.  Yet another odd and quirky wrinkle among many in this case.

As you may recall, Michael Price was later arrested for robbing the crime scene home several months after the murder.   Another wrinkle.  All the best, as always,  Craig

http://whomurderedrobertwone.com/2010/02/17/black-and-blueprint/

http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2010/02/prosecutors-outline-evidence-murder-theory-in-wone-case.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/16/AR2010021605695.html?hpid=sec-metro

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February 17, 2010 - Posted by | crime | ,

7 Comments »

  1. […] can also read Borderstan’s most recent previous posting, “Robert Wone Murder: Government Filing Includes ‘Lurid, Unsettling Details.’ &#82… Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Robert Wone Murder: Government Filing Includes […]

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  2. Maybe there is an idea here for the Dupont Underground: Take all the toys they found in that house on Swann Street and create a new theme park down there. Sounds like a winner, economically and probably much more profitable than an arts gallery space. Or combine the two: get flogged while admiring a pretty painting.

    Comment by GrandpaWalton | February 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. Given the so-called depravities cited in the WSJ, AND the recent event that happened on the corner of 14th and Corcoran, we may need to re-Christen Dupont Circle to Dungeon Circle?

    Comment by Chen | February 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. So is this the actual trial for obstruction of justice? Or is this all hearings leading up to that trial?

    Comment by Bertie | February 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Bertie – The May 10 trial is for the pending charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and crime scene tampering.

      Comment by Craig | March 2, 2010 | Reply

  5. This is the most bizarre crime I can remember in all my years of living in DC or anywhere else. One thing I keep thinking is whether there are people out there with similar stories to tell related to this case?

    Comment by BearDown | February 17, 2010 | Reply

  6. Thank you for keeping this tragedy in the DC media. We must all remember that the investigation continues, even with the current charges against Price, Zaborsky, and Ward. Anyone with knowledge or relevant information should contact the MPD or the US Attorney’s office.

    Comment by Michael | February 17, 2010 | Reply


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