Lawyer's Wife Pleads for Killer to Step Forward

Kathy Wone at a news conference, where she spoke about the slaying of her husband, Robert. With her are friends Benjamin Razi, left, and Jason Torchinsky.
Kathy Wone at a news conference, where she spoke about the slaying of her husband, Robert. With her are friends Benjamin Razi, left, and Jason Torchinsky. (By Dayna Smith For The Washington Post)
By Allison Klein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Speaking publicly for the first time since her husband's slaying a year ago, Kathy Wone issued a slow and deliberate message yesterday to whoever killed him: It will be easier if you turn yourself in now.

"Having a murder on your conscience is no small load to carry as you try to live as normal a life as possible," Wone said, reading from a statement as her friends and lawyers looked on. "Confessing will be one of the hardest things you can do, but also one of the most freeing things you can do for yourself."

D.C. police have not made any arrests in the slaying of prominent lawyer Robert Wone, who was killed late on Aug. 2, 2006, while staying overnight at a friend's home near Dupont Circle. Wone, 32, was stabbed three times in the chest with a butcher knife that came from the kitchen, police said.

Police said they did not get full cooperation from the three men known to have been in the house at the time of the killing: Joe Price, Wone's longtime friend; Victor Zaborsky, Price's domestic partner; and Dylan Ward. The three housemates have denied impeding the investigation, and no charges have been filed against them.

The three men were not present during a news conference at the law office of Covington & Burling that was attended by about 150 of the Wones' friends.

Kathy Wone is represented by Eric H. Holder Jr., a former U.S. attorney and Justice Department official, who directed his remarks at the men who were present in the house when Wone was slain.

"You need to truly, truly ask yourselves, 'Have I provided police with all the information I know?' " Holder said. "Only your conscience and your God can answer that. If you truly care about Robert and Kathy Wone, you will come forward. You're either a friend or you're not. It's very clear."

Robert Wone, general counsel for Radio Free Asia, was attacked in his bedclothes as he spent the night in a spare bedroom at the home in the 1500 block of Swann Street NW. He and Price, also a lawyer, were close friends from their days at the College of William and Mary. Wone spent the night there rather than go home to Oakton because he was working late in the District, friends said.

Price, Zaborsky and Ward have retained attorneys, who released a joint statement last week saying that the men have cooperated fully with authorities and remain saddened by the death of their friend.

After the killing, police said the crime scene had been altered and cleaned before authorities arrived. Police took over the house for three weeks and removed a large amount of potential evidence, including flooring, pieces of walls, a chunk of staircase, the washing machine and sink traps. Police are waiting for the FBI to complete its analysis of blood and other evidence.

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