4/30/2019 3:12:00 PM GUILTY: Mendez convicted in 1982 cold case murder
Thirty-seven years and two days after Barbara Mendez was fatally bludgeoned while wrapping up her workday at the former Park City Credit Union in Minocqua her husband, Robin "Bob" Mendez, was convicted of delivering the fatal blows.
In a 90-minute oral ruling Tuesday afternoon, Marathon County Circuit Judge Jill Falstad found the Oneida County district attorney's office had proven beyond a reasonable doubt it was the victim's husband, and not a robber, who struck Barbara from behind on April 28, 1982.
Mendez, now 70, was charged with first degree murder in February 2018 after the Oneida County detective bureau, with assistance from the television show "Cold Justice," reopened the unsolved case.
The manager of the credit union found Barbara's body on the floor of the credit union at approximately 7:30 p.m. April 28, 1982. However, the time of death was estimated to be approximately 5:15 p.m. as law enforcement found evidence Mendez was completing her final reports for the day at 5:13 p.m.
The state argued Bob Mendez took advantage of a unique circumstance - April 28,1982 was the first and only time his wife closed the credit union by herself - to remove her from his life before she could make public his illegal sexual involvement with a 14-year-old girl.
A full story on the verdict will be published in the Thursday River News.
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