Prosecutors Establish Timeline In Robert Wone Coverup Trial

6:06 PM, May 22, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Prosecutors said they believe the suspects in the Robert Wone obstruction case may have had up to 49 minutes to clean up the murder scene before paramedics were called.

A teary 9-1-1 call from suspect Victor Zaborsky was part of the evidence presented to try and prove that.

"We need help now," Zaborsky told the operator through tears.

He told her a friend sleeping over had been stabbed.

"Who's the person that stabbed him?" the dispatcher asks.

"I don't know. We think somebody--an intruder in the house. We heard a chime to the door."

And then five minutes into the call, Zaborsky asks, "What time is it?"

The operator tells him is "11:54".

Minutes later he tells us the ambulance has arrived and hangs up.

That time reference is key to the prosecutions case that the suspects had nearly an hour to clean the murder scene and Wone's body before help arrived.

The deputy medical examiner testified she believes Wone was alive for several minutes after he was stabbed, and probably unconscious for several more after that.  He was pronounced dead at 12:24 a.m.

Defense attorneys say they will present testimony from at least three cardiologists who say Wone died instantly.

They're expected to take over the bench trial in about a week.

Written by Audrey Barnes

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