Death penalty will be sought for at least one in fatal Blues Creek home invasion

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: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 5:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 6:24 p.m.

The death penalty will be sought for one and possibly both of the people charged in the beating death of 78-year-old Paul Quandt in his Blues Creek home last month.

Quandt was disabled and lived alone in his home in the Blues Creek subdivision off Northwest 43rd Street. Investigators for the Gainesville Police Department said the military veteran was beaten, stabbed, tied up and left for dead on Jan. 9.

Based on evidence at the scene, investigators said it appeared Quandt summoned the strength to get into his kitchen where he used cooking oil to loosen his bindings, then hoisted himself into his motorized scooter and drove it to a neighbor's home to get help.

Quandt's former home aide, Maranda Joy Martin, 22, and Martin's cousin — Austin Mark Jones, 22, of Fort White — were arrested within hours on attempted murder charges.

Jones is accused of leading police on a car chase in Quandt's car.

When Quandt died days later, the charges against the cousins were upgraded to murder.

On Wednesday, an Alachua County grand jury indicted Martin and Jones on charges of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit home invasion robbery, conspiracy to burglarize an occupied dwelling, kidnapping, home invasion robbery, burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft and grand theft auto.

Jones also was indicted on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

Immediately after the indictments were issued, State Attorney Bill Cervone announced that he would be seeking the death penalty for Jones. Cervone also said he was considering seeking the death penalty for Martin.

Jones and Martin have remained in jail since their arrests.

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