Wone lawyers spar over phone records
Lawyers for the three defendants in the Robert E. Wone wrongful death suit are objecting to a request by Wone's widow to see the trio's phone and email records, according to court papers filed this week.
Earlier this week, attorneys for Wone's family filed a request with the New York Supreme Court to compel Verizon Communications Inc. to release the records of the three men --Joseph R. Price, Victor J. Zaborsky and Dylan M. Ward --who lived at 1509 Swann St. NW, where Wone was slain on Aug. 2, 2006.
Wone was found stabbed to death in the men’s home. The men said an unknown intruder came into their home and killed Wone. No has ever been charged in the slaying. Price, Zaborsky and Ward were acquitted in June on charges of covering up for the killer and tampering with evidence.
Attorneys for the Wone family are seeking the records from July 1 through Aug. 31, 2006 hoping to illuminate the state of the relationship among the three men, whose lawyers said in court that they were in a three-way, committed relationship. During the criminal trial, prosecutors argued the relationship between Ward and Price was strained when Wone was killed, and that Ward had sought to end the relationship.
In a response filed late Thursday, attorneys for the three men objected to the records request, arguing that it is a violation of their clients’ privacy. A previous request for such records was denied last year.
Wone’s family, including his widow Katherine, is suing the three men for $20 million. A status hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10 before D.C. Superior Court Judge Brook Hedge. Hedge can settle the phone records dispute the, or at any time.
Washington Post editors
August 13, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
Categories: District of Columbia , From the Courthouse , Homicide , Keith L. Alexander
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