Robert Wone wrongful death suit trial postponed

Sunday, September 12, 2010

THE DISTRICT

Wone wrongful death suit trial postponed

The judge overseeing the $20 million wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Robert Wone against three roommates has moved the trial date to Sept. 12, 2011, from June 13, 2011.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Brook Hedge noted the change was because of the "potential length of trial," which Hedge said could present "probable issues" with jurors and their preplanned vacations.

It remains unclear, however, whether Hedge will oversee the trial. Hedge has notified court officials of her planned retirement in December and it was not known whether she plans to leave the bench or seek senior status after her retirement.

Wone, a Washington lawyer, was staying at the home of his three friends at 1509 Swann St. NW, when he was fatally stabbed the night of Aug. 2, 2006. No one has been arrested in the case.

The roommates, Joseph R. Price, Dylan M. Ward and Victor J. Zaborsky, said an unknown intruder killed Wone. Prosecutors charged the three men with conspiracy and lying to police about the case, but a Superior Court judge acquitted the men after a five-week trial.

-- Keith L. Alexander


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