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Wone Investigators Found No Fingerprints on Fence

A second crime scene technician testified Tuesday to finding no latent fingerprints on a fence behind the house on Swann Street NW where attorney Robert Wone was found murdered in 2006.

Three suspects charged with covering up Wone's killing have long maintained that an unknown intruder broke-in and stabbed their friend.

On the witness stand Tuesday, evidence technician Robert McCollum described his painstaking process of searching for fingerprints at the crime scene.

Though McCollum's boss earlier testified to not dusting the fence a phantom burglar supposedly alighted before entering the house and killing Wone, McCollum did. McCollum said he dusted the fence as far as he could reach to the top. He said he didn't dust the flat surface at the very top of the fence because there was a layer of "dirt or dust" and determined "nothing was disturbed," leading him to conclude no one had touched it.

McCollum dusted plenty of other spots, like the butcher block the knife that might have been plunged in Wone was taken from. He only found prints in the guest room where Wone was killed. He said he found several prints on a desk located in the room, as well as two on the nightstand upon where police found a kitchen knife marked with Wone's blood. McCollum didn't indicate who the seven prints might have belonged to.

On cross-examination, defense attorney David Schertler challenged the notion that a lack of fingerprint evidence meant anything because, for a variety of reasons, prints don't always show up. Schertler asked if the lack of fingerprints on the back fence meant that no one had climbed it. McCollum admitted it didn't. "Even if fifty people had gone in and out of that gate that night,"  said Schertler.

McCollom agreed that was possible.

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  • sedcdude

    where's the outrage, the passion and the BIGOTTED opinions of RICKY, the sarcasm of Drez, the buck dancin' by ADRIAN BENT HIM GOOD.........pitiful!

  • downtown rez

    No sarcasm from me on this one. From what I've read I personally don't see how the 3 didn't kill Wone or conspire regarding his death. But this is a trial, and I'm not involved. It's not a time for armchair quarterbacks or jurists, so I've little worthwhile to add.

  • Rick Mangus

    'sedcdude', you forget that I am gay and these three queens will get what they deserve!

  • Adrian Bent-Me

    SE Douchce- I'm not following. I've never been supporters to these guys, their weak ass defense, nor have I been happy with the way the police handled this case. It's the police's incompetence that has these guys on trail for conspiracy rather than the murder they committed.

    I've always stated and I will stand by this, had it been black or hispanic persons accused, they would have been in jail right now. I still believe it and nothing presented in the case thus far, on either side, has convinced me otherwise.