Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky, and Dylan Ward — the self-professed “thruple” charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence following the bizarre August 2006 death of attorney Robert Wone in Washington D.C. — were found not guilty by D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz, who needed a full hour to read her decision aloud. (The defense requested a judge, not a jury, issue a ruling, and prosecutors didn’t object.) While there was evidence of wrongdoing, the prosecution did not meet the requirements of reasonable doubt to convict, she says. Notes the blog Who Killed Robert Wone, whose trio of on-lookers have been following the case diligently for years, it’s an “acquittal … but not exoneration.” Indeed, even Leibovitz went off on the defendants:
“I’m persuaded the murder was not committed by an intruder unknown to the defendants,” Leibovitz began, turning again to specific findings of fact. Robert Wone was “…entirely immobile…” at the time of his murder. The knife found on the scene, she said – noting testimony from Dr. Henry Lee – was “…used to commit the stabbing…” of Robert. This replacement of the knife was an important element of the prosecutions case, she said, and they had not proven it.
“It is very likely Mr. Price pulled the knife from the victim’s chest,” she continuted, noting that he may well have tampered with the knife but she couldn’t conclude it beyond reasonable doubt. Further, she couldn’t conclude that Price wiped Robert’s body, “…although it’s probable.”