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On Tuesday, prosecutors played the 911 call that brought emergency personnel to 1509 Swann Street NW when lawyer Robert Wone died under mysterious circumstances on Aug. 2, 2006.
The call was placed by one of three men present in the house when Wone died. Prosecutors believe Joe Price, Dylan Ward, and Victor Zaborsky orchestrated a cover-up of Wone’s death. They believe the three men misled and misdirected police as to what really happened to Wone. The three have given accounts that suggest Wone was murdered by an intruder. The intruder allegedly stabbed Wone with a small knife from the trio’s kitchen.
Via recording, in a panicked voice, Zaborsky is heard saying to a 911 operator on the night of the murder that he’s afraid to go downstairs, ostensibly because of the intruder. “We need help now,” he demands, breaking into sobs. The operator tries to comfort him. “They’re coming,” she tells him of authorities, and instructs Zaborsky to look out the window for their arrival. “Here they are! Here they are!” the caller shouts when an ambulance arrives moments later.
Still on the line, Zaborsky can be heard talking to the new arrivals as they come in: “Someone was stabbed, they’re on the second floor,” he tells city medics, “please hurry.” “I think this back door isn’t locked,” he can be heard adding before hanging up. (The so far unidentified intruder allegedly entered through the back door.)
Veteran EMS worker Jeff Baker took the stand following the airing of the dramatic audio. Baker and his partner got the call alerting them to the emergency on Swann Street at about 11:50 p.m. Baker testifies that it took the two about five to seven minutes to arrive at the scene of the emergency. Once they did, he says, he saw a “gentlemen” standing out on the stoop wearing a white terry cloth robe. The man was talking on the phone: “He said there’s a stabbing, it’s on the second floor. ” The man is believed to have been Zaborsky.
Bypassing the man on the stoop, Baker says he made his way up the stairs where he encountered another man in a white terry cloth robe. “What’s going on?” he says he asked the man. But the man, believed to be Ward, didn’t respond, Baker claims. He merely walked into a nearby room.
When Baker found the bedroom where the victim was, he saw another man sitting on a fold-out bed. “He was sitting in his underwear,” says Baker. The man, believed to be Price, simply told him “I heard a scream,” Baker says. Next to the man was Wone, suffering from three stab wounds to the “chest area.” Wone was unresponsive, says Baker.
Baker was suspicious enough of Price to think he should keep an eye on him, as he might have a weapon: “I spotted him up,” says Baker.
Baker grew even more suspicious of Price and the others at the house when, while trying to help Wone, he got a look at his patient’s stomach. “I looked down and I noticed his abdomen,” he says. “It looked like his abdomen had been wiped.” Baker says Wone’s midsection looked like it had been cleaned of blood using a kitchen towel that had left behind a light film of blood. “Kinda like when you wash a window,” he says.