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Men ask for separate trials in Wone killing

Washington Post Editors

The three men charged with conspiracy in the 2006 slaying of Washington attorney Robert Wone have petitioned a D.C. Superior Court judge for separate trials.

In a filing Friday, the men, Joseph Price, Dylan M. Ward and Victory J. Zaborsky, each petitioned Judge Lynn Leibovitz to have their cases heard separately. A hearing has been scheduled March 12.

The men were charged with covering up the Aug. 2, 2006, killing of Wone, who had stayed overnight at the men’s house in the 1500 block of Swann Street NW in Dupont Circle. Prosecutors said Wone was drugged, raped and fatally stabbed during the evening. The men said an unknown intruder broke into their home and attacked Wone. No one has been charged in the slaying.

In the filings by their attorneys, the men said they wanted separate trials because police interrogated each man separately and, as a result, they said they have the right to be tried separately.

In a filing last month, prosecutors said they were looking at the relationship between Price and his brother, Michael, who had keys to the house and who had been charged with burglary of the house just two months after Wone’s killing.

— Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 4:52 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Keith L. Alexander , Sex Crimes , The District , Unsolved , Updates  
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Comments

How does the saying go? "No honor among thieves"? The same might be said for alleged rapists/murderers.

While all alleged co-conspirators may insist on separate trials, that realy can also come back to haunt at least some if not all 3 of them, if the first faces the real prospect of going down and then decides to at last talk.

Be cautious about what you wish for, because sometimes it will give you more than you ever expected [or for that matter wanted].

Posted by: LAWPOOL | March 1, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Would love to see the prosecution fight the Price and Ward Motions but accept the Zaborsky Motion for Severance. Would serve the defense right - seems clear that whatever happened that night that Zaborsky slept through most of it and for whatever reason is willing to do jail time to save Price. But with separate trials (Price and Ward together, however), one can put the other on the stand - even if they take the 5th it's a victory.

Posted by: J4March | March 1, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

They want seperate trails so then in each trial the one on trial will just say hey I had nothing to do with, I don't know about the other two though... it helps them to cast doubt. The evidence against them is already thin and circumstancial so seperate trials would really help them.

Posted by: larrydrakeford | March 8, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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