Robert Wone: Wone's widow settles wrongful death suit

A poster asking for information about Wone's death. (Photo courtesy Daquella Manera via Flickr)

The widow of slain local attorney Robert Wone remains convinced that three men who were at the house when Wone was killed were involved in her husband's death. She settled a multi-million dollar wrongful death suit with them Wednesday.

Katherine Wone, Wone’s widow, decided to settle the suit with Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky, and Dylan Ward, according to a statement released by her attorneys. She remains convinced the men had something to do with her husband's death.

“I do believe that the three men were involved in Robert's murder,” Kathy Wone told ABC7’s Stephen Tschida Wednesday.

She stated that the main goal of the lawsuit was always to uncover more information about Wone’s Aug. 2, 2006 slaying, but the defendants repeatedly invoking the Fifth Amendment to refuse testimony.

“These men have chosen to hide behind the Fifth Amendment,” she said. “I think if you are really innocent that's not how you respond to a victim's family.”

“I am very much at peace with my decision to settle this civil lawsuit,” she had said in an earlier statement. Talking to ABC7, she said her decision wasn't influence by any fear of possible revelations in the civil trial.

“Robert and I were pretty plain vanilla. There's no secrets, no closets,” she said.

No one has ever been charged with Wone’s slaying. The details of the settlement have not been released.

Wone, 32, was stabbed and killed in 2006 in a home he was staying at in the 1500 block of Swann Street NW. Price, Zaborsky and Ward were all at the home at the time of the slaying.

The three men said an unknown intruder broke into the house and killed Wone, general counsel at Radio Free Asia.

The three men went on trial on charges of tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice and conspiring to cover up the killing. A D.C. Superior Court judge acquitted the men of the charges during a trial last year.

Katherine Wone filed the $20 million wrongful death suit in November 2008.

The three men must make an undisclosed payments into a trust that will go to charities Robert Wone supported.

Katyh Wone says she is eager to move on. She thinks the three men will be haunted by their actions.

“A really kind, intelligent, just and innocent person got killed because of them,” she said. “I definitely have not given up on justice. I have time on my side.”