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Prosecutor Seeks More Charges in Case of Murdered D.C. Area Attorney

Posted Dec 22, 2008 1:26 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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New evidence tampering charges are being sought against three men already facing obstruction charges in the death of a Washington, D.C.-area lawyer, including an Arent Fox partner on paid leave from his firm.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner says his office is seeking additional grand jury indictments against Arent Fox partner Joseph Price and two other men, for tampering with evidence in the murder of attorney Robert Wone, reports the Washington Post.

The three, who were roommates in a Dupont Circle home in Washington, D.C., where Wone was staying as a guest when he was killed in early August 2006, were charged with obstruction in October and November.

While staying at the home, police say, "Wone was drugged, sexually assaulted and stabbed," the newspaper reports. "Prosecutors say 19 to 49 minutes elapsed between the discovery of Wone's body and a call to 911."

However, the defendants have said they cooperated with authorities and blamed an intruder for Wone's murder. The slaying remains unsolved.

On Friday, D.C. Superior Court Judge Frederick Weisberg ended electronic monitoring of the three obstruction defendants, and has also declined to freeze their assets, reports Legal Times. However, "the three defendants must submit to weekly drug testing and are required to call the D.C. Pretrial Services Agency to report trips out of the city."

Earlier coverage:

Asian Week: "Break in D.C. Lawyer Murder Case"

ABAJournal.com: "Arent Fox Partner Indicted for Obstruction in Case of Murdered D.C. Area Attorney"

ABAJournal.com: "Wife of Murdered Lawyer Sues BigLaw Partner & Friends for $20M"

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