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Judge Finds First of Four Accused Killers Guilty in Northwest Killings

A Montgomery County Judge had found one of the four men charged in the horrific June murders of two Northwest High School students guilty.

Circuit Court Judge Boynton found Jose Canales-Yanez, 26, of Gaithersburg guilty on all eight counts held in the indictment, including the top two counts of Murder in the First Degree for the killing of Northwest High School seniors Shadi Najjar and Artem Ziberov as they sat in Najjar’s blue Honda Civic on Monday, June 5, 2017 on Gallery Court in Montgomery Village.

Canales-Yanez was also found guilty on two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Murder and four counts of the Use of Handgun in the Commission of a Felony, and Armed Robbery for the theft of Najjar’s cell phone and a graduation ticket. According to State’