Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Murder Of Robert Wone

A Lawsuit, a Theory, and—Finally—Charges

In 2007, Kathy Wone, with the support of Robert Wone's firm, Covington & Burling, began a $20 million wrongful death suit against the three men. Eric Holder initially represented her; when he became U.S. Attorney General, Benjamin Razi replaced him on her team. Razi has since been joined by Patrick Regan of Regan, Zambri & Long in the civil suit.

In October of 2008, police made their theory public. They said that Wone had been restrained (which may have included holding a pillow to his face to restrict his breathing) and injected with a substance that paralyzed him or left him unconscious. Then he was stimulated with an electrocution unit, which can cause an ejaculation even in the unwilling or even paralyzedpolice say Dylan Ward owned just such a device. Wone was murdered, and then, police allege, the three housemates covered up the crimewashing Wone, cleaning up the room, and turning down the bed before placing him on top of it.

Prosecutors charged Dylan Ward, Joe Price and Victor Zaborsky with obstruction of justice in November 2008. In December they charged the men with conspiracy, and prosecutors have since suggested that the men may be charged with tampering with evidence.

Those familiar with the case suggest that the charges may have been an attempt to get the men to turn against each otherthat, unless someone starts talking, prosecutors don't have enough evidence to charge anyone with murder. Price's lawyer, Bernard Grimm, has alleged that Wone's family and the government seem to be improperly working together against his client; U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor denied that his office was doing anything out of the ordinary.

Judge Frederick H. Weisberg
Judge Frederick H. Weisberg
The three men were originally being electronically monitored after being arraigned on the obstruction of justice charge, but D.C. Superior Court Judge Frederick H. Weisberg lifted their curfews and removed their ankle bracelets after determining that they were cooperating and weren't flight risks. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner, chief of the homicide division, has said that Price had not in fact been fully cooperating. He claimed that while Price says he'd never used drugs, he actually sold or possessed ecstasy, cocaine and methamphetamine. Reportedly, Kirschner is still examining Michael Price's connection to the crime.

Ward resettled in Washington, joining the other two in their rental; they've since all moved in with Zaborsky's aunt outside Washington. They've solicited donations from friends to pay their legal bills. Zaborsky and Price have left their jobs, though Price is listed as being on leave. The team behind has found that Ward has been advertising his massage services onlineand they hint that his services might include questionable activities.

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