UPDATE (WAOW) — Robin Mendez has been found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide of his wife, Barbara, in 1982 at Park City Credit Union, where Barbara worked.
Mendez’s daughter, Dawn Shape said, “The wise king solomon writes there is a time for everything under the sun – he also writes that God will call the past to account. Today that past has been brought to account.”
This story is being updated. Check back for additional details. ********************** ONEIDA COUNTY (WAOW) — A judge will issue her findings on the guilt or innocence of a Minocqua man accused of killing his wife today. Robin Mendez is charged with killing his wife, Barbara, in 1982 at Park City Credit Union where she worked. In closing arguments last week, the prosecution made the claim that Robin Mendez killed his wife because he was having a sexual relation with a 14-year-old girl and told her things like “I can’t wait, just you and me, wouldn’t that be nice.” Attorney Michael Schiek also argued that Barbara was likely killed by a left-handed person with a “wonder-bar-type weapon.” Schiek said Robin is left-handed and that he was observed to have that tool or one similar to it for roofing projects. Court took a brief recess after the prosecution’s closing arguments. The defense argued someone else could have committed the crime and that “Robin Mendez was a sex offender, but not a murderer.” Mendez’ defense attorney Peter Prusinski argued there is not proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Mendez committed the crime. The trial began on April 11. Mendez opted to have his case heard by a judge only, so there is no jury. Stay with News 9 for the latest on this developing story.