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EDGAR GARCIA-GAONA v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to sever — Mutually admissible evidence

A jury in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County convicted Rony Galicia and Edgar Garcia-Gaona, the appellants, of the first-degree murders of Shadi Najjar, age 17, and Artem Ziberov, age 18; conspiracy to murder Shadi; two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony; and armed robbery of Shadi. The court sentenced each defendant to consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders; a concurrent term of life in prison for conspiracy to murder; and 60 years, collectively, for the firearm and armed robbery counts. The appellants noted separate appeals, which were consolidated for oral argument.

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