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U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner has repeatedly tried to bang home one important characteristic of slain attorney Robert Wone. The guy was apparently a bit of a neat freak.
Wone’s “meticulous” nature, as Kirschner puts it, would seem to stand in contrast to a rather cluttered crime scene on the night of his murder.
During testimony Tuesday in the conspiracy trial stemming from Wone’s 2006 murder, Kirschner noted how Wone’s clothes and towel weren’t put away neatly, as was his custom. The towel was casually draped over a chair. His pants and shirt were piled none-too-neatly on top of a stack of papers. He was also found lying on top of bed covers pulled down at a 45-degree angle.
Wone’s widow, Kathy, testified that her husband always pulled the covers all the way down to his feet, particularly when the weather was hot. (Wone was killed on Aug. 2.) He would never toss his clothes on the ground, she says, adding that he also kept three separate baskets for dry cleaning.
Wone’s composed widow also recalled her final conversation with her late husband, a phone call around 9:30 p.m. the night of his death: “We said ‘Goodnight, I love you,’ with the understanding that we’d see each other the next day,” she says.
Shortly after midnight, the wife got a call from Wone’s longtime friend, Joe Price, whose Swann Street home he was staying at that night: “Kathy, I can’t believe I’m calling you about this,” she recalls Price saying, “but go to George Washington hospital because Robert has been stabbed.”
Price, 39, Victor Zaborsky 44, and Dylan Ward, 39, are charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence, in connection to Wone’s killing. All three have pleaded not guilty.