Wife of Slaying Suspect Charged With Photographing Informant

The wife of a man convicted in the killings of two teens who were found dead in a car in Montgomery Village, Maryland, has been charged with photographing a confidential witness as she testified against her husband. 

Kara Yanez, 21, was charged with retaliating against a witness, a misdemeanor, after allegedly taking several photos of a female informant earlier this month during the trial of Jose Canales-Yanez. 

Canales-Yanez, 26, was convicted of first-degree murder in the killings of Shadi Najjar and Artem Ziberov, who were fatally shot the night before their high school graduation. 

Police believe the murders were retaliation for a robbery Najjar was rumored to have committed in late 2016.

Investigators were able to link the rumor to a report filed by Canales-Yanez's then-girlfriend, who told police that the passenger in a blue Honda Civic had grabbed her iPad and dragged her about 50 feet with the car.

An informant told investigators Najjar was killed for that robbery, where prosecutors alledged Najjar also stole drugs. 

According to police, the informant identified Canales-Yanez, Roger Garcia and Edgar Garcia-Gaona as suspects. A fourth man has also been charged in the double homicide.

A trial for Kara Yanez is scheduled for March 8. Her husband faces sentencing March 28.

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