By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun
1:53 PM EDT, March 12, 2013
Two men have been charged with shooting three people, killing one, during a home invasion in Northwest Baltimore last month, court records show.
Roger Spears, 32, and Eric Jones, 20, were charged with first-degree murder and related charges in the Feb. 2 shooting, which occurred in the 3400 block of Reisterstown Road and killed 46-year-old Quentin Cannady, a Navy veteran who worked as an audio/visual engineer.
According to charging documents, witnesses told police that at 3:30 a.m. Spears entered the front door through an unlocked door with Jones following behind, and Jones ordered the victims to empty their pockets. Cannady and another person fought back and tried to overpower Jones, who started firing from a handgun, records show. Other people in the home then began to fight Jones, and Spears pulled him free.
Jones jumped through the living room window and escaped, while Spears fled through a rear kitchen door, police allege. Police noted in court papers that an investigation of the crime scene indicated both men were injured.
Cannady was pronounced dead at the scene, while another victim was critically wounded. The third victim was transported to Sinai Hospital.
While police say that the motive was a robbery, it was not clear whether Spears and Jones knew the victims or specifically targeted them.
Cannady had no criminal record; according to an obituary published in the Franklin Times in North Carolina, where he was from, Cannady attended DeVry Institute of Technology in Atlanta, then joined the U.S. Navy where he served for four years as a cryptological technical specialist. The obituary said he worked as an audio/visual engineer.
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