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Wone lawyers spar over phone records

Washington Post editors

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.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By 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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Comments

Katherine Wone needs to get over it and move on with her own life rather than trying pursuing her unfounded inquisition against the three. Perhaps the widow Wone should be spending her time investigating Robert Wone's true sexuality as well as the DC Metropolitan Police Department's utter failure to ever search for the actual killer. Katherine Wone is a truly sad pathetic bitter person.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | August 13, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

The degenerates Price, Zaborsky, and Warn will not escaped unscathed. These monsters prsent a clear and present danger to the decent folks in the DC area. Commited relationships indeed!

Posted by: wagtdn | August 13, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

The degenerates Price, Ward, and Zaborsky need to confess their depravity in the Wone case. Thankfully, their lives have been destroyed and they are impoverished.

Posted by: wagtdn | August 13, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

ashafer, obviously you have never had a family member or loved one murdered. You don't tell a crime victim's family to just get over it and move on. These people most likely killed Robert Wone and continue to masquerade as innocents. "What me worry?" is their attitude as they and their supporters continue to live in denial. Katherine deserves to know the truth, and a civil trial is the only other avenue to go, unless somebody (and that includes friends of the defendants) develops a conscience and comes forward with information.

Posted by: rememberrobertwone | August 13, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

ashafer's snide alliteration reveals who in fact is the truly sad pathetic bitter "person." Doubless an apologist for the Troika destined for the ultimate judgment.

Posted by: Quizzical | August 14, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I suspect ashafer is one of the three or one of their friends.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | August 15, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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