Robert Wone Case in Judge's Hands

The fate of three Dupont Circle housemates accused of covering up the murder of attorney Robert Wone was turned over to a judge Thursday.

Attorneys on both sides finished presenting their final arguments in D.C. Superior Court; the controversial case came to a close.

Wone was stabbed to death in a Swann Street home in August 2006.  No one has been charged with murder in the case.  Joe Price, Victor Zaborsky and Dylan Ward are charged with obstruction of justice.

The bond between the three housemates has been described as close as family.  Prosecutors said they would do anything to protect each other.

Price was doing all the talking for his partners, setting the agenda and keeping everyone in line on the message, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Kirschner told the court. Price made up the theory that a knife found near Wone’s body was planted, said Kirschner.

In his final message, defense attorney Tom Connelly, described Victor Zaborsky as a kind and gentle man who wouldn't cover up a homicide, no matter who did it. 

There's no evidence that any of the men harmed Wone or covered up his slaying, declared defense attorney Bernie Grimm.

The government doesn't know who did what to Wone, defense attorney Dave Schertler told the court Thursday.  And if you can't prove that, you can't prove that the men lied, Schertler continued.

Among those in the crowded courtroom for closing arguments was Robert Wone’s widow. She's filed a $20 million wrongful death suit against the three Swann Street housemates.

The judge is expected to return with a verdict on the case on Tuesday at 11 a.m. 

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