Woman arraigned in Hockinsonarea homicide

first_imgA fifth co-defendant accused of being involved in the fatal beating and shooting of a man whose body was found in a Hockinson-area shed was formally charged Tuesday.Traci Lynn Mendez, 41, entered not-guilty pleas in Clark County Superior Court to first- and second-degree murder in the slaying of 34-year-old Raymond C. Brandon.The hearing was continued, however, in order to set a trial date. Her co-defendants are scheduled for trial Oct. 23, but that date falls outside her right to a speedy trial. Mendez’s attorney, Jeff Barrar, took up the issue Thursday with the prosecution, and her trial was scheduled for Sept. 25.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 over a Subaru Forester he was driving, according to an affidavit of probable cause.last_img read more