1982 murder case against Minocqua man moves forward Submitted: 02/23/2018
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera

1982 murder case against Minocqua man moves forward
RHINELANDER - A Minocqua man accused of murdering his wife in 1982 listened to more than two hours of testimony against him on Friday. 
Police arrested Robin Mendez earlier this month for the death of his wife, Barbara. 

The State used a timeline to argue Robin Mendez had enough time to kill his wife at the Park City Credit Union where she worked.

"The fact that [it] was a left handed person that struck her and Robin Mendez is a left-handed person. [The person] then turned [Barbara] over when she was on the ground so that they did not have to look at her face," said Oneida Co. Captain Terri Hook. 

Hook said Mendez had a motive to kill his wife. Robin was a having a sexual relationship with a young girl from their church.

Hook also testified that years later Robin Mendez's daughters told police he manipulated them into covering for him. 

"Robin Mendez is unable to give any account of his whereabouts from when he left work at approximately 4:55 as he told law enforcement," said Hook. 

During cross examination, defense argued the timeline wasn't enough to put Robin Mendez at the scene.

"Nobody saw him kill his wife. There's no evidence today of his motorcycle being at the Credit Union," said defense attorney Peter Prusinski. 

Defense also argued no motive was ever clearly identified in this case and no DNA or fingerprint evidence ever linked Robin Mendez to the scene. 
"There's been no weapon searched or they didn't find anything from whatever preliminary search they did at that time. The only weapon that they've come up with is a pry bar [or] a wonder bar that's common to practically every garage in this area," said Prusinski. 

Judge Leon Stenz found there was enough evidence against Mendez to move the case forward. 

Mendez's attorney requested a new judge at the end of the hearing. No future court date has been set. Mendez is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com


Play Video

RHINELANDER - Ascension St. Mary's Hospital celebrated an incredible milestone June 21.

125 years ago the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother began their work in Rhinelander.

+ Read More

HOUGHTON - River Valley Bank will accept donations for flood victims in Houghton and the surrounding area. 

Anyone can make a donation online or in person at a River Valley Bank. 

+ Read More

Play Video

ANTIGO - Ten years ago, an Antigo woman started working as a cook and fill-in waitress at a Country Kitchen, but she didn't want to stop there. 

"I took on management and then a year ago, I decided, well, might as well just buy the place and there [are] always jumps and leaps, but everything has worked out perfectly. I wouldn't change anything," said Lisa Summ. 

+ Read More

Play Video

TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk worked for nearly 20 years to buy property to connect the city to nearby trail systems.

But bikers will have to wait another year for the connection.

The city now expects the path to be finished next August or September.

The project got pushed back because the Wisconsin Department of Transportation can't fund its part of the project this year.

Tomahawk is still ready for the addition.

+ Read More

MADISON - A judge has sentenced a former University of Wisconsin-Madison student who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three female students and choking or stalking two others to three years behind bars.

WKOW-TV reports Dane County Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke sentenced 22-year-old Alec Cook of Edina, Minnesota, on Thursday to three years in prison and five years of extended supervision.

+ Read More

Play Video

PELICAN - A group of neighbors in the Town of Pelican found a cluster of caterpillars near their homes on Lake Julia Road.

Last year, the plants hosting the more than 20 monarch caterpillars were mowed over.

This year, the group has a plan to protect the at-risk insects from meeting the same fate.

More than 20 monarch caterpillars have moved into some foliage on Lake Julia Road in Pelican.

"I just thought, 'Oh wonderful, I'll have to protect these,'" said butterfly enthusiast Mary Dork.

Last year, Dork was pleased to find a field of milkweed near her house covered in monarch caterpillars.

"You can always tell where the caterpillars are because of the leaves being eaten," said Dork.

The DNR says monarchs have been at risk of being endangered since 2014.

+ Read More

FOREST COUNTY - Police arrested two Milwaukee men Wednesday morning on three drug related charges. 

The Forest County Sheriff's Department got a call around 9:30 Wednesday morning about a suspicious car in the Mole Lake area that was possibly involved in trafficking drugs. 

+ Read More
+ More General News

Click Here