Lawyer's Widow Takes Stand in Cover Up Case

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    The widow of Robert Wone, the lawyer whose 2006 stabbing death has never been solved, testified Tuesday in the trial of three men accused of covering up the crime.

    Katherine Wone described the thoughts running through her mind after one of the defendants, Joseph Price, called her just after midnight Aug. 3, 2006. Wone said Price told her Robert had been stabbed in the back. In fact, he was found stabbed in the chest in the guest room of the home Price shared with two other men.

    Katherine Wone said that as she rode in a taxi from her Oakton, Va., home to a Washington hospital, she wondered if her husband would be paralyzed and thought about how to make their townhouse wheelchair-accessible. At the hospital, she learned he was dead.

    Wone's Widow Testifies in Cover Up Trial

    [DC] Wone's Widow Testifies in Cover Up Trial
    Katherine Wone described what it was like to learn about her husband's death and how it may have happened. Courtroom sketches courtesy of Bill Hennessy.

    According to court documents, Price and his roommates Victor Zaborsky and Dylan Ward are involved in a three-way relationship, News4's Pat Collins reported. They blamed an intruder for the August 2006 stabbing of Wone, but there were no signs of struggle or forced entry.

    Wone had been restrained, sexually assaulted and stabbed after going to sleep on a pullout couch in a second-floor guestroom of the Dupont Circle row house, police said.

    Prosecutors have said the defendants know who killed Wone and delayed calling police in order to clean up the crime scene.

    A next-door neighbor testified Tuesday to hearing a scream of desperation between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. the night of Wone's death, Collins reported. The 911 call reporting the stabbing wasn't made until 11:49 p.m.

    Zaborsky cried when his 911 call was played in court Tuesday. He told the dispatcher that it appeared that someone had been in the house and stabbed someone.

    The suspects are charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence. Each could get 38 years in prison if convicted.

    No one has been charged with murder in this case.

    Katherine Wone, who described Price as a friend she asked to be a pallbearer for her husband, has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the defendants.

    Courtroom sketches in the video courtesy of Bill Hennessy.