Defense rests in Robert Wone trial
The defense attorneys in the Robert Wone conspiracy trial rested their case Wednesday.
Defense attorneys took five days and called seven witnesses to defend the three housemates charged with covering up the August 2006 fatal stabbing of Wone after he spent the night at the men's house at 1509 Swann Street NW. Wone, who was general counsel for Radio Free Asia, went there after working late.
The prosecution intends to call a rebuttal witness Wednesday afternoon. Both sides are scheduled to give their closing arguments before Judge Lynn Leibovitz Thursday.
Leibovitz instructed each of the three lead defense attorneys to keep their individual closings to an hour.
The judge also instructed the lead prosecutor, Assistant U.S Attorney for the District Glenn Kirschner, to keep his closing and rebuttal argument to no more than 75 minutes.
Although no one has been charged with Wone's murder, the trial, which has now lasted 21 days, often resembled a murder trial.
Prosecutors have charged housemates Joseph R. Price, 39, Victor J. Zaborsky, 44, and Dylan M. Ward, 40, with conspiracy and obstruction of justice in connection with Wone's slaying.
At Wednesday's proceedings, all three men told Leibovitz they chose not to testify.
-- Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post Editors
June 23, 2010; 12:28 PM ET
Categories: From the Courthouse , Keith L. Alexander , The District
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