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Robin Mendez's defense attorney rests case; closing arguments to comeSubmitted: 04/23/2019
Story By Rose McBride

Robin Mendez's defense attorney rests case; closing arguments to come
ONEIDA COUNTY - Robin Mendez's attorney tried to shift blame for Barbara Mendez's murder to another man Tuesday. 

Attorney Peter Prusinski called four final witnesses, some who saw a man at the credit union who may have been Thomas Boze on the night of the murder. 

Thomas Boze was at the Park City Credit Union the day Barbara Mendez was killed. Prosecutors don't dispute that. 


Boze and his brother Michael tried to cash a check, but couldn't because they didn't have a membership at the credit union. 

Barbara Mendez worked at Park City, and gave them an application for a membership card. The card was found at the scene of the murder later that day. 

Barbara Jurries was at the credit union at the same time as the brothers.

"She had filled out the membership cards but she didn't give it to them because they didn't have $5. The only part that I remember is that they said they would be back and they were quite huffy about it," said Jurries.

Another witness saw a man who looked like Boze standing near Park City Credit Union while she drove past around 5:15 p.m. the night of the murder. 

Both attorneys will give closing arguments Wednesday morning, then Judge Jill Falstad will make her decision about whether Mendez is guilty or not guilty. 


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