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Accused Hit-&-Run Murderer Held Without Bond

A Germantown man, who police say purposely struck and killed a man with his car on a Clarksburg street, has been held in Montgomery County jail without bond.

Montgomery County District Court Judge John C. Moffett ordered 22-year-old Ryan Anthony Salandy, of Amber Ridge Circle in Germantown held without bond and without prejudice until his preliminary status hearing on Oct. 23. Salandy is accused of running down 21-year-old William D. McDaniel on Friday afternoon in the 23000 block of Sweetspire Drive in Clarksburg. Salandy is charged with first-degree murder and faces life in prison if he is convicted of the murder of William McDaniel.

As the judge made the ruling, many of the more the 20 friends and family of the defendant who were in the courtroom burst into tears. Salandy was not in court, but appeared via video from the Montgomery County Detention Facility in Rockville. Salandy’s attorney Louis F. Gomez, Jr. asked the court for $500,000 bond, to better allow his office to prepare a defense. He pointed out the large number of supporters gathered in the court room and the fact that Salandy did not have any prior criminal citations, beyond two speeding-tickets.

However, the State’s Attorney’s office pointed out that the vehicle, a silver, 2006 Saab was found with significant damage and blood on it. Prosecutors said that Salandy admitted to police that he intentionally struck McDaniel with is vehicle. The State argued that there could be no way that Salandy could not have known that he’d struck someone. Prosecutors argued based on the nature of crime and use of a motor vehicle as a weapon, in broad daylight, on a residential street coupled with the possibility of facing a life-sentence that Salandy might become a flight risk and should be held without bond.

Judge Moffett agreed, and ordered Salandy held without bond, saying tha