Grand Jury Indicts Quade for Strickland Murder

District Attorney to seek life imprisonment without the possibility of parole

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Sept. 11, 2013)—State's Attorney Richard Fritz announced that the Grand Jury of St. Mary's County today returned an indictment against John Morris Quade, Jr., 31, of Lexington Park, for the August 8th death of Moneta Jo Strickland at the Laurel Grove jogging trail in Mechanicsville. An indictment is a formal statement of charges. Quade must still face a jury of his peers to determine his guilt and subsequent punishment, if applicable.

The grand jury returned indictments against Quade for First Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Rape, and Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. State's Attorney Fritz has indicated that should the defendant be convicted, he will seek a sentence of life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole.

Quade has a long history with the court system dating back to 2000. He was convicted of a Sex Offense, Third Degree in August 2000.

In separate actions the Grand Jury returned indictments against thirteen individuals on unrelated charges of controlled dangerous substance violations, assaultive behavior and breaking and entry charges.


St. Mary's Woman Found Murdered in Mechanicsville, August 12, 2013

Sex Offender Arrested for Murder of Moneta Jo Strickland, August 13, 2013

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