The defense team will be calling its second witness Friday afternoon in the sensational trial of three Dupont Circle housemates accused of conspiring to cover up the 2006 murder of D.C. lawyer Robert Wone, and there’s a chance it will be Dr. Henry Lee.
Yet another alum of the O.J. Simpson trial, Lee is a forensics expert. Among other things, he is expected to make the case that murder victim Robert Wone was either too asleep or too surprised to react to his attacker’s fatal knife blows.
Prosecution witnesses previously testified that Wone’s wounds were oddly uniform and showed no signs that the victim moved at all as the knife sunk into his torso three times. Prosecutors have suggested that’s because Wone—who was staying the night at the defendants’ home at 1509 Swann Street NW—was drugged by the housemates or someone close to them before he was killed. Lee’s testimony will likely contradict that narrative.
Defendants Joseph Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky are charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice in connection to Wone’s death. Price is also charged with evidence tampering. The three lovers maintain that an unknown intruder broke into their home and killed their friend. Prosecutors accuse the trio of stonewalling and altering the crime scene in an attempt to confuse investigators.
Lee, who one Wone case follower referred to as a “forensic scientist to the stars,” has an extremely swanky website that lists his credentials and refers to him as a courtroom legend:
“The legendary investigator is known for finding the tiniest clues. He has even solved a murder without a body. Over the past 40 years, Lee assisted in the investigations of more than 6,000 cases, including war crimes in Bosnia and Croatia, the suicide of President Clinton’s former White House attorney, Vince Foster, review of the JFK assassination, and the death of Jon Bennet Ramsey.”