Metro Weekly

No Wone Murder Charge

U.S. Attorney's Office sticks to obstruction, tampering

Following a status hearing regarding the Robert Wone murder case, U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner confirmed on Friday, Jan. 16, that the U.S. does not plan to bring murder charges against local gay attorney Joseph Price, his domestic partner, Victor Zaborsky, or their roommate, Dylan Ward, when the case goes to trial.

”When [Judge Frederick Weisberg] asked us if we envisioned this as the indictment on which we would proceed to trial, I said that unless something changes between now and then, then this is the indictment that we intend to proceed to trial on,” Kirschner says of the superceding indictment which includes three charges: conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice, and tampering with evidence.

Wone died of multiple stab wounds in August 2006 in a Swann Street townhouse in Northwest D.C. where the three indicted men lived. He was spending the night at the residence after working late in the District, rather than returning to Oakton, Va., where he lived with his wife, Kathy.

The three indicted men, who all plead not guilty to the three charges on Jan. 16, claim an intruder killed Wone. But a 14-page affidavit released by Metropolitan Police Department in November, detailing what evidence was found at the residence, led investigators to suspect the three were hiding information and that the crime scene had been tampered with.