Fifth codefendant appears in court in Hockinson homicide

first_imgRaymond C. Brandon Prosecutors have filed murder charges against the resident of a Hockinson home where the body of a man, who was beat and shot, was found in a shed.Traci Lynn Mendez, 41, appeared Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first- and second-degree murder. She is one of five co-defendants accused in the slaying of 34-year-old Raymond C. Brandon.Brandon’s body was found April 27, nearly a week after he was killed, in a shed at Mendez’s residence, 15308 N.E. 172nd Ave., southeast of Hockinson High School.Investigators believe Mendez conspired with two couples — Neil Allen Alway, 39, and Ashley Lorraine Barry, 31, and John Michael West, 43, and Ashley L. Wideman, 23, all transients — to lure Brandon and his girlfriend, Allison Fields, to the residence to settle a debt.The group reportedly wanted to confront Brandon, who was in a dispute with a mutual friend, over a silver Subaru Forester he was driving. Mendez told detectives that they are all friends with a woman known to them as “Mom,” and that they planned to get the vehicle for her and give Brandon some “lumps,” according to an affidavit of probable cause.last_img read more

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