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In the two and a half weeks since D.C. attorney Robert Wone was found stabbed in the Dupont Circle home of his friend of 14 years, police haven’t made an arrest. Nor have they identified a suspect in the murder of the 32-year-old general counsel of Radio Free Asia. Without any further statements from the three residents of 1509 Swann St. N.W., all of whom were home the night of Aug. 2 when Wone was killed, police have focused on the one thing they have: the house where he was found. The $1.2 million house is co-owned by Wone’s longtime friend Joseph Price, a partner at D.C.’s Arent Fox. Though at least one resident told police an intruder had come through the back door, police say they have not yet found any evidence of a burglary. Instead, they are still trying to determine why the crime scene appeared to have been tampered with before police arrived. Kathleen Voelker and David Schertler, attorneys for the residents, informed Legal Times in a statement last week that the three told police “unequivocally that none of them were involved in the incident.” All three — Price, Victor Zaborsky, and Dylan Ward — are considered witnesses. At an Aug. 15 press conference, Capt. C.V. Morris of the Metropolitan Police Department said police haven’t been able to find all the evidence they expected. That seems apparent from the fact that as of late last week police still had custody of the house on Swann Street. Police won’t say what they’ve been focusing on in the house, and it appears they won’t be revealing it any time soon. Last week investigators asked D.C. Superior Court to seal search warrants for the property. Although it is not unusual to seal a search warrant in a homicide case, it suggests that investigators want to shield certain information — be it the name of a witness, evidence, or a theory of a crime — from the public. Meanwhile, the FBI and MPD are working on the forensic analysis and DNA testing of the trace blood evidence on the walls, sofa bed, door frame, and floor near the area where Wone was found. Without further cooperation from the three residents, that evidence could be critical. Investigators are trying to expedite those tests, but say they could take another couple of weeks to process.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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