EPHRATA – Bail was set at $1 million for two men allegedly involved in the killing of Quincy resident Jill Marie Sundberg.
Julio Cesar Albarran Varona, a 25-year-old man, and Ambrosio Mendez Villanueva, a 25-year-old man, both appeared in court Tuesday afternoon facing a charge of murder in the first degree.
The alleged shooter, Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez, a 39-year-old man, was arrested in Tacoma on an immigration hold and has been transported to the Grant County Jail, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Tapia Rodriguez is also charged with murder in the first degree.
All three defendants are reportedly in the country illegally.
Two other men, Fernando Marcos Gutierrez, 33, and Salvador Espinoza Gomez, 24, are both charged as a material witness and are being held on $100,000 bail.
Tapia Rodriguez, Mendez Villanueva and Albarran Varona are accused of forcing Sundberg into an SUV at an RV park near Quincy on Dec. 21 and driving down to a rest area along the Old Vantage Highway where the victim’s body was found the next day, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office report.
Investigators say Tapia Rodriguez shot Sundberg multiple times before the suspects returned to the SUV and left the scene.
Marcos Gutierrez and Espinoza Gomez were both allegedly with the three defendants at the time of the shooting.