Slain Lawyer's Wife Testifies in District

By Allan Lengel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 24, 2006

The wife of a lawyer killed this month in a townhouse near Dupont Circle testified yesterday before a grand jury investigating the death, according to a source familiar with the inquiry.

Katherine Wone, 35, the wife of Robert Wone, testified for more than an hour about "her interaction with the three guys in the house, both immediately after the incident and the days that followed," said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the secrecy of the grand jury.

Wone, 32, general counsel for Radio Free Asia, was found fatally stabbed Aug. 2 in a townhouse in the 1500 block of Swann Street NW. The two owners of the house and a third resident were at home during the slaying.

Wone was spending the night because he had worked late and did not want to drive back to his Oakton home, officials have said.

Channing Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, declined to comment.

Kathleen E. Voelker, an attorney for one of the townhouse residents, said the three men have told police "unequivocally that none of them were involved'' in the slaying.

They have been barred from returning while police and FBI agents continue to examine the crime scene, according to two people familiar with the case. A court document stated that authorities believe the crime scene was cleaned before police arrived.

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