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No Bond for Three Men Charged With Killing Northwest Students

Jose Canales-Yanes, and brothers Roger Garcia and Edgar Garcia-Gaona, the three men accused of killing Northwest High School seniors Shadi Najjar and Artem Ziberov, will be held in without bond.

Montgomery County Judge John Moffett reviewed each case as all three defendants appeared separately via live video link from the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville. Judge Moffet did not to grant bond in each case citing that the double murders involved “a fair amount of pre-determination and planning, was brutal, and carried out with a fair bit of overkill.” All three will remain in custody and are scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing at 10:00 am on July 14.

Canales-Yanez, 25, of the 18400 block of Cape Jasmine Way in Gaithersburg, previously of 15824 Laughlin Lane in Silver Spring was the first appear before Judge Moffett. He was followed by Garcia-Gaona, 24, of 125 Lamont Lane in Gaithersburg and Roger Garcia, 19, of 19515 Frederick Road in Germantown.

Prosecutors asked the judge to hold all three men without bail based on a number of factors. The first being the highly violent and brutal nature of the crime and possible risk of flight. Prosecutors pointed that Canales-Yanez, who has a long history of criminal activity in Montgomery County, has failed to appear in court on five different occasions after being charged with crimes. According to charging documents, “Jose Canales-Yanez has a lengthy criminal history, to include domestic abuse, fleeing and eluding, traffic charges, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.”

Both Roger Garcia and Edgar Garcia-Gaona told Judge Moffett they are planning to hire private attorney’s to represent them in this case.

In court, States Attorney’s said that the Garcia brothers were apprehended in a vehicle preparing to flee the State of Maryland with a suitcase full of clothing on Saturday, June 17. When given the opportunity to address the judge, Garcia-Gaona began to speak about the suitcase and was quickly stopped from addressing specifics of the case by the Public Defender in the courtroom.

The only other statement from the alleged killers came at the end of Roger Garcia’s bond hearing when he said: “Thank you very much for your time” to Judge Moffett.