ROCKVILLE – The three men police arrested and charged Saturday night in connection with the murder of two Northwest High School students are to be held without bond after a bond hearing Monday.
Montgomery County District Court Judge John C. Moffett decided that Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez , 25, and Roger Garcia, 19 are to be held with no bond. Garcia-Gaona, CanalesYanez and Garcia are charged with two counts of first-degree murder and multiple counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in connection to the murders of Shadi Adi Najjar and Artem S. Ziberov.
On June 5, police found Najjar and Ziberov suffering from multiple gunshot wounds inside a blue Honda Civic parked in the 8200 block of Gallery Court in Montgomery Village. Najjar and Ziberov died on the scene before emergency service personnel could transport them to a hospital. A few days later the chief medical examiner ruled Najjar and Ziberov’s death a homicide.
According to Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger the three men allegedly killed Najjar to retaliate for a rumored robbery he committed. Manger said a witness told police that Najjar was rumored to have committed a drug related robbery in December or January. Manger said Najjar allegedly robbed Kara Yanez, the then-girlfriend and now believed wife of Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, and that Najjar’s murder was a revenge for the robbery. Police have not established a motive for Ziberov’s murder.
“The person stated that Roger Garcia, Edgar Garcia-Gaona and Jose Canales-Yanez committed the homicide in retaliation for Najjar’s robbery of Kara Yanez,” Manger said.
Manger said then police executed a search warrant on GarciaGaona’s residence in Gaithersburg and found a box of Blazer .40 caliber shells, which were some of the same shell casings police found at the crime scene in Montgomery Village.
Manger said although police made three arrests, the investigation is still not over.
“Although detectives have made these three arrests, this by no means should be interpreted that the investigation has concluded,” Manger said. “These most recent developments are the result of the community taking an active role in this investigation. It is believed that, considering the progress made over the past 36 hours, there are additional sources of information who have yet to come forward.”
Garcia-Gaona, Canales-Yanez and Garcia will appear in Montgomery County District Court July 14.
Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the three men will be announced at July 14 preliminary hearing.
“In all of these matters it is anticipated that prior to the court date there will be some presentation to the grand jury and some announcement at the next court date as to what the results of that presentation was,” McCarthy said.
All three men face multiple life sentences if convicted.