Correction to This Article
An earlier edition of this story, as well as a photo caption associated with the article, incorrectly stated that Robert Wone and Joseph Price were college roommates. The two were friends while at the College of William and Mary.

Prosecutors press on with obstruction case in Wone killing

Robert Wone was killed in 2006 inside 1509 Swann Street NW, the home of a college friend and two other men.
Robert Wone was killed in 2006 inside 1509 Swann Street NW, the home of a college friend and two other men. (By Marvin Joseph/the Washington Post)
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By Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Federal prosecutors investigating the slaying of prominent Washington attorney Robert Wone said in a court filing that they were confident the three men charged with obstruction in the case know who killed Wone in 2006 and that they plan to introduce previous crimes associated with the men to bolster their case.

Prosecutors have charged Joseph Price, Victor J. Zaborsky and Dylan M. Ward with obstruction in connection with Wone's killing on Aug. 2, 2006. Authorities said Wone, 32, of Oakton, had spent the night at the Dupont Circle house shared by the three men after working late. Wone and Joseph Price were friends while at the College of William and Mary.

Authorities said Wone had been drugged, sexually assaulted and stabbed. No one has been charged in the slaying.

Prosecutors admit that they have not identified who killed Wone. The three men told authorities that an intruder broke into the home, ascended to the second floor and stabbed Wone.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn L. Kirschner, the lead prosecutor, said his office was confident not only that the defendants know the killer but also that the killer's identity was "protected" by the men. As part of the filing, prosecutors said they plan to introduce additional evidence during the trial, set to begin May 10, to bolster their obstruction case. Prosecutors did not disclose what, if any, additional crimes or evidence they plan to introduce.

The filing did indicate another possible suspect connected to the death. Prosecutors said they were looking at the relationship between Joseph Price and his brother Michael. Witnesses have told investigators that when Michael Price had gotten into trouble in the past, even criminal trouble, Joseph Price, who was an attorney with the Arent Fox law firm, would "attempt to help him."

Prosecutors discovered that Michael Price was enrolled in a phlebotomist course at Montgomery College, where he was being trained to draw blood, and that he was absent from the class the evening Wone was killed. Investigators were also trying to determine whether Wone was drugged intravenously before he was killed.

Also, months after the slaying, the Swann Street home was burglarized. Joseph Price and his two roommates, according to the filing, concluded that Michael Price, who did not live at the house but had a key to it, was involved in the burglary. The three roommates initially declined to tell police that Michael Price was involved. He was later arrested in the burglary.

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