EPHRATA, WA,-The Columbia Basin Herald reports another defendant charged in the murder of 31-year old Jill Sundberg of Quincy took the stand on Monday telling the jury he didn’t remember much of anything that happened that night in December 2016.
27-year old Mendez Villanueva has already pled guilty to second-degree murder in the case and is the second of two co-defendants to testify in the first degree murder trial of Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is the alleged ring-leader accused in the shooting of Sundberg 13 times in the back of the head and leaving her in a frozen parking lot off the Old Vantage Highway.
Mendez Villanueva reiterated in court Monday that after Sundberg was shot and killed, he plunged a knife through a cardboard sign and into Sundberg’s back after she was deceased, but that was about all Villanueva said he remembered.
Villanueva is currently serving an 18-year prison sentence as a result of his guilty plea, after which he will be deported. According to law enforcement, Mendez Villanueva, fellow co-defendant Albarran Verona and Tapia Rodriguez are all in the country illegally, and will consequently be deported at the end of legal proceedings. Final arguments are expected on Friday.