Nearly four years after attorney Robert Wone was stabbed to death in his friends’ Dupont Circle townhouse, a judge found the three housemates—including Georgetown alum Dylan Ward (SFS ’92)—not guilty of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
Ward, Joseph Price and Victor Zaborsky, who lived together in a three-way relationship, told police they believed Wone was killed by an unknown intruder. But with evidence that seemingly contradicted the intruder theory and inconsistencies in the housemates’ stories, prosecutors believed the three were covering up the real murderer’s identity.
With intrigue, sadomasochism, alleged drugging and more, it’s no surprise that the six-week trial attracted extensive local media coverage. In the end, though, D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz ruled, “Despite the many suspicious and even damning circumstances, despite the implausibility of the intruder story, and despite the discordant and inappropriate demeanor and conduct of the defendants … the government has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the essential elements of obstruction of justice as to Mr. Price, Mr. Zaborsky or Mr. Ward.”
After graduating from Georgetown summa cum laude, Ward picked up degrees in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America, children’s literature from Simmons College and masseuse license from the Potomac Institute of Massage Therapy, according to WhoMurderedRobertWone.com.
At the time of Wone’s death, Ward was in a dom-sub relationship with Price (who was also involved with Zaborsky). Ward told police he was sleeping in his bedroom across from the guest room Wone was staying in when the stabbing occurred.
Wone’s widow, Kathy Wone, plans to pursue a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against the housemates.