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Police relinquished custody last week of the Dupont Circle home where Washington attorney Robert Wone was found stabbed to death on Aug. 2. But after more than four weeks in the hands of investigators, the house was in no condition for the three residents — Arent Fox partner Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky, and Dylan Ward — to move back in. “I think it would take some considerable time to make the place livable,” says David Schertler, Ward’s attorney. Price and Zaborsky bought the home at 1509 Swann St. N.W. last year for $1.2 million. Police believe the crime scene was tampered with before they arrived and are awaiting forensic tests to identify the blood that appeared to have been cleaned up in the area where Wone was found. Meanwhile, the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office has empaneled a grand jury to probe the death of Wone, who recently had been hired as general counsel for Radio Free Asia. A source close to the probe says Wone’s widow, Katherine Yu, has testified, a development first reported by The Washington Post. An attorney for Sarah Morgan, a woman who rented an English-basement apartment in the Swann Street home, issued a statement last week: “She expresses her sympathy for the victim and his family and is cooperating in the investigation.” Jonathan Rosen, of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, would not say whether Morgan had been called before the grand jury. Meanwhile, the three residents, all of whom were home the night of the murder, have given DNA and fingerprint samples to the police, Schertler says. Although the move was voluntary, the grand jury could have subpoenaed them to give such evidence.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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