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Police Det. Gail Russell-Brown testified on Monday about a bizarre conversation she had at the funeral of murdered D.C. attorney Robert Wone.
In short, Michael Price, a recovering boozer and brother of one of three Dupont Circle housemates now accused of conspiring to cover up Wone’s murder, approached the detective after the ceremony and, basically, flipped out.
“He began hollering and cussing at me,” Brown testified Monday. When asked what Price said exactly, Brown recalled him saying, “You motherfuckers need to be out looking for the real killer, not bothering my brother!”
At the time, the detective said, she had no idea who Michael Price was. So she asked him his name. “Bitch, you don’t need to know,” she recalled him saying.
Prosecutors have portrayed Michael Price as the family black sheep, compared to his brother Joe Price, a successful D.C. lawyer. They have suggested, none too subtly, that Michael Price may have stabbed Wone, prompting his brother and his brother’s Swann Street housemates, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky, to cover for him. The trio stands accused of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence in connection to Wone’s death. Murder charges have never been filed.
The defense insists Wone was killed by a mysterious intruder, who alighted a backyard fence, entered the house, stabbed Wone three times in his sleep, and then escaped, all without being seen by any witnesses.