2 charged in deadly home invasion remain on suicide watch

The home Tuesday, January 10, 2012, where a home invasion occurred Monday, Jan. 9, at 4854 NW 75th Rd. A man and woman staged a home invasion robbery that involved using a stun gun, knives and fists on a 78-year-old man. Inset, from left, Maranda Joy Martin, 22, and Austin Mark Jones, 22.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 11:13 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 10:41 p.m.

The two people charged with the beating death of 78-year-old Paul Quandt in his Blues Creek home on Jan. 9 remain under a suicide watch at the Alachua County jail.

Prosecutors said charges against the pair will be reviewed as soon as they get a report from another agency.

“We are waiting for a report from the Medical Examiner's Office,” said Spencer Mann, spokesman for the State Attorney's Office. A post-autopsy report often provides a likely cause of death even before the Medical Examiner's Office receives toxicology results from a state lab.

Quandt's former home aide, Maranda Joy Martin, 22, and Martin's cousin, Austin Mark Jones, 22 of Fort White, have been charged with attempted murder, false imprisonment and home invasion robbery in Quandt's case.

Quandt, a disabled veteran, survived for about a week after being attacked inside his home.

Mann said it was possible the pair would be charged with murder and then a grand jury would be convened to consider the case. Typically in North Florida, prosecutors wait until someone is indicted before deciding whether to seek the death penalty.

The bond for Jones was set at $1 million, while bond for Martin was set at $950,000. Both remain at the Alachua County jail, where officials said they are under a suicide watch.

Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said inmates who are placed on a suicide watch have almost all of their movements and activities observed by jail staff. Also, objects allowed inside an inmate's cell are strictly limited.

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