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While cross-examining a key forensic expert for the prosecution Wednesday, the defense mentioned what its own forensic expert witness will be testifying later in court—that attorney Robert Wone was either too asleep or too surprised to react to his own fatal stabbing.

Presented with this theory on the stand, forsenic pathologist Dr. David Richard Fowler conceded it was not beyond the realm of possibilites. But, later, he noted, “The words never and always shouldn’t exist in medicine.”

Earlier in the day, Fowler testified that Wone’s “uniform” stabbing wounds and lack of “defense posturing” were a mystery. The evidence suggests that Wone wasn’t physically reacting, not even reflexively, to a knife being plunged into his torso three times.

Prosecutors have offered that Wone could have been drugged before the stabbing, preventing him from reacting to being brutally murdered. They have pointed to needle marks found on Wone’s body during an autopsy.

Defendants Joe Price, Dylan Ward, and Victor Zaborsky are on trial for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence in connection to Wone’s death. Wone was spending the night at their house the night he was killed. They have long maintained that an unknown intruder broke into their home at 1509 Swann Street NW and stabbed their friend to death.

The prosecution rested its case today. Stay tuned for the defense’s case.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery