Man Pleas Not Guilty to Quincy Woman’s Murder

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A man accused in the death of a 31 year old Quincy woman pleas not guilty to murder charges. 39 year old Gustavo Tapia Rodriquez entered his plea at an arraignment hearing Monday in Grant County Superior Court. He is alleged to have shot 31 year old Jill Sundberg multiple times on December 21st and then leaving her body along the Old Vantage Highway.

Prosecutors claim Rodriquez and Sundberg were at a party when they got into an argument. . Sundberg was driven to the remote area where she was shot 13 times. Rodriquez and two other men are being charged with First Degree Homicide. 25 year old Julio Alberon Varona and 25 year old Ambrozio Mendez Valenueva and Rodriquez are being held on one million dollars bail

25 year old Salvadore Espinosa Gomez and 34 year old Fernando Marcos Gutierrez have also been charged as material witnesses. All five men are Mexican Nationals living in the United States illegally. Rodriquez has a criminal history and court documents say he had been deported back to Mexico but returned.

An April 5th trial date is tentatively set for Rodriquez.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.