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WoneStatement

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Statement Regarding Settlement of Wone Wrongful Death Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, DC, August 3, 2011 — Today is an important day in the effort to achieve justice for the stabbing death of Robert Wone. The three men present in the house at the time of Robert’s killing -- Joseph Price, Victor Zaborsky, and Dylan Ward -- have all agreed to a monetary settlement, including payments to the Robert E. Wone Memorial Trust, to resolve a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Robert’s estate by his widow, Katherine Wone. Robert’s family and friends continue to suffer every day as a result of his death and what was done to him. No lawsuit can bring Robert back. And no civil lawsuit can impose criminal penalties. But, with this settlement and the evidence uncovered during discovery, our client has achieved what she set out to accomplish with her civil lawsuit. A central purpose of this civil lawsuit has always been to uncover as many facts as possible about the circumstances surrounding Robert’s death. Since the discovery stay was lifted last summer, we have collected and examined all the available evidence. Our extensive discovery efforts included detailed questioning under oath of each defendant. In their deposition testimony, and in written discovery responses, none of them denied responsibility for Robert’s death. Instead, each refused to respond on Fifth Amendment grounds. And they made it clear that they would invoke the Fifth at trial. Based on all of the evidence, including these non-denials, we are confident that Robert’s estate would have prevailed at trial. Mrs. Wone has agreed to a settlement now because without the defendants’ truthful testimony, the civil trial -- which was sure to be a painful experience for Robert’s family and friends -- would not have uncovered any new information about what happened on August 2, 2006. In addition, this settlement provides for monetary payments that most likely would not have been available to Robert’s estate had we won at trial. For these reasons, Mrs. Wone decided that it was in the best interest of Robert’s estate to agree to a settlement of its civil claims at this time. Under the terms of the settlement, the defendants will make payments to the Robert Wone Memorial Trust. These funds will be used to benefit causes that Robert cared most deeply about, including providing college scholarships and free legal services to those in need. Mrs. Wone understands that the criminal investigation into Robert murder is ongoing. She fully supports the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Metropolitan Police Department in this matter. Benjamin J. Razi Covington & Burling LLP Patrick M. Regan Regan Zambri & Long PLLC Statement from Mrs. Wone: “I am very much at peace with my decision to settle this civil lawsuit. Although the defendants repeatedly chose to hide behind the Fifth Amendment, this lawsuit finally forced the defendants to answer questions under oath about their actions on the night of Robert's murder. To me, their silence speaks volumes. I am now prepared to close this chapter and begin a new one, all the while honoring Robert's legacy and the people and causes that he held dear.”

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