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The week ahead promises yet more drama in the District’s most talked-about court case. Late Friday, prosecutors tried to cram in one final witness in the trial of three Dupont Circle housemates accused of covering up the 2006 murder of attorney Robert Wone.
Detective Gail Russell-Brown began to testify about her encounter with Michael Price, brother of defendant Joe Price, at Wone’s funeral. In court documents, the prosecution has suggested that Michael Price might be Wone’s murderer, and that the three conspiracy suspects could be hiding evidence in order to protect him.
Wone’s widow, Kathy Wone, earlier testified to the fact that Michael Price showed up at her husband’s funeral uninvited and acting strangely. Brown might have corroborated that assertion and offered some more detail on Michael Price’s suspicious behavior, but her testimony was cut short when the prosecution asked: “At some point, did you have an exchange with Michael Price?”
The defense immediately objected. Both sides approached the bench. Brown’s testimony was put off so that the prosecution could address some legal points.
U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner made it known during the proceeding that incoming witnesses would testify to Michael Price offering up an unsolicited alibi during Wone’s funeral in an “off-putting” way. Stay tuned to City Desk to see if Brown makes it to the stand today.