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It was an intruder that stabbed Robert Wone, one who entered through an unlocked back door. That’s their story, but prosecutors seeking to convict Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky and Dylan Ward don’t buy it. They think the gay threesome, now facing charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice, made up their accounts of what happened on August 2, 2006. Prosecutors say they did so in an effort to keep their unconventional family unit from being shattered by the bloody events that transpired that night, events that left Wone dead on a pull-out couch.
The defense says that’s bullshit, and suggests that when Third District and homicide cops showed up at 1509 Swann Street NW sometime around 12 a.m that night, they began jumping to conclusions, perhaps as a result of prejudice. Defense lawyers say that cops had accused the trio of trying “to gay Wone up.” In an interrogation room video, Detective David Wagner can be heard laying out what he thinks inevitably happens when gay men and hetero men spend time together: “I’ve got three homosexuals in a house. And I’ve got one straight guy. What’s he doing over there? I think we were all drinking wine. You know what’s going to happen tonight, you’re coming to Jesus tonight. That’s what’s going on.” Defense attorneys say Wagner and other cops pursued their innocent clients as murder suspects instead of finding the real killer.
Today, after some five weeks of testimony from family members, cops, and experts, attorneys on both sides will present their closing arguments. The orations, which have been limited to about an hour for each party, will likely talk about bloody knives, missing blood, needle marks, pork loin, cardiac tamponade, oddly uniform stab wounds, a sandbox, a wayward brother prone to crack binges, the alleged shifty behavior of Price, the alleged neatness of the murder victim, TV newscater Maureen Bunyan, TV shows Nightline and Project Runway, and a lot more.
Check back with City Desk later today for full coverage of today’s closing arguments.