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D.C. regional news: Wone civil suit, Montgomery Co. bonds, Pham video release

Thursday, July 8, 2010

THE DISTRICT

Civil suit in Wone slaying moves ahead

The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of slain lawyer Robert Wone moved forward Wednesday, with the judge asking both sides to propose deadlines for evidence and other matters.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Brook Hedge ordered the attorneys for the Wone family and the three housemates of 1509 Swann St. NW to settle on a date by Aug. 6, more than a month before the next scheduled hearing of Sept. 20.

Both sides would have to prepare and submit motions and depositions by that date.

Wone's widow, Katherine, has sued Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky and Dylan Ward in connection with Wone's killing. Wone was fatally stabbed at the home shared by the three, who claimed to be in a three-way romantic relationship. Wone and Price were college friends, and Wone had asked to stay at the house in August 2006 rather than commute home to Oakton. He was killed in the guest bedroom.

Last month, after a nearly five-week trial, a Superior Court judge acquitted the three men of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in Wone's slaying. Prosecutors had alleged that the trio know who stabbed Wone and covered up for the killer.

-- Keith L. Alexander

MARYLAND

Montgomery now off bond-watch list

Montgomery County officials have pulled the county back from the prospect of a major fiscal embarrassment.

County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Moody's bond-rating agency told county officials Wednesday that Montgomery has been taken off a watch list for possible downgrade after Leggett and the County Council made a series of budget cuts and strengthened policies on county reserves.


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