EPHRATA, WA (iFiber One News) – Bail was set at $1 million for two men allegedly involved in the killing of Quincy resident Jill Marie Sundberg.
Julio Cesar Albarran Varona, a 25-year-old man, and Ambrosio Mendez Villenueva, a 25-year-old man, both appeared in court Tuesday afternoon facing a charge of murder in the first degree.
The alleged shooter, Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez, a 39-year-old man, was arrested in Tacoma on an immigration hold and has been transported to the Grant County Jail, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Tapia Rodriguez is also charged with murder in the first degree.
All three defendants are reportedly in the country illegally.
Two other men, Fernando Marcos Gutierrez, 33, and Salvador Espinoza Gomez, 24, are both charged as a material witnesses and are being held on $100,000 bail.
Tapia Rodriguez, Mendez Villenueva and Albarran Varona are accused of forcing Sundberg into an SUV at an RV park near Quincy on Dec. 21 and driving down to a rest area along the Old Vantage Highway where the victim’s body was found the next day, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office report.
Investigators say Tapia Rodriguez shot Sundberg multiple times before the suspects returned to the SUV and left the scene.
Marcos Gutierrez and Espinoza Gomez were both allegedly with the three defendants at the time of the shooting.
Earlier in the week, iFiber One News reported:
On Dec. 22, the body of 31-year-old Jill Marie Sundberg was found along the Old Vantage Highway near Quincy. She had reportedly been shot multiple times and deputies found a knife and piece of cardboard with a handwritten message in Spanish, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office report.
Deputies reportedly found 13 .40 caliber shell casings at the scene.
The three suspects were contacted Jan. 9 at the Shady Tree RV Park on state Route 283, the same trailer park where the victim lived. A woman told deputies she arrived at a trailer the night of Dec. 21 and the three suspects, along with the victim and three other men, showed up. She claimed Tapia was drunk and being aggressive so her and another woman left.
One man at the trailer later told investigators Tapia Rodriguez and the victim started arguing the night of Dec. 21. The witness claims he was told by Tapia Rodriguez to start his SUV.
The three suspects, victim and two material witnesses reportedly left in the SUV and headed to the Old Vantage Highway, stopping and getting out at a rest area along the road.
Tapia Rodriguez then allegedly shot Sundberg at least 13 times, according to the police report.