A Montgomery County jury found Andy Panton, 22, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 23-year-old Jordan Radway of Laurel and 24-year-old Christian Roberts of Silver Spring.
On Jan. 28, 2019, officers were called to the 11600 block of Stewart Lane near Old Columbia Pike around 8:30 p.m. for the crash. Upon arrival, they found the bodies of Radway and Roberts inside of a car that had struck a row of parked vehicles before coming to a stop facing the wrong direction.
Investigators say Radway and Roberts had met with a man named Dontaye Hunt, and Panton for a drug deal.
"I cannot think of, as the state’s attorney for Montgomery County, a drug-related homicide in this county in the last five years where the drug was not marijuana," State's Attorney of Montgomery County John McCarthy said. "A quarter-pound, $500 and two precious young men lives ended."
Hunt was arrested shortly after the homicides. He told police that the pair intended to rob the men, but they had no plans to kill them.
Although Hunt declined to identify the killer, police were eventually able to determine that Panton had pulled the trigger. Panton now faces two consecutive life sentences.
"Unfortunately, on that tragic day, on Jan. 28, 2019, all of our hopes and dreams that we had for Jordan, they died with him that day," said Jordan's father, Peter Radway.
Christian Roberts' family said their son played basketball for Stevenson University and that the two young men were friends who went to Paint Branch High School together. Years later, Christian's family is still working through grief and heartbreak.
"I would rather not be here," Christian's father, Donald Roberts said. "I’d rather have my son with me but that’s not possible."
Panton’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21.