A 41-year-old woman shot and killed her then-girlfriend in their apartment, then dumped her body in the woods nearly a decade ago, authorities announced in an indictment.
Wanda Veguilla charged with second-degree murder and felony tampering with evidence in the death of a 26-year-old man Pamela Gradick, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Veguilla’s alleged accomplice, 30 years old John Torres, was also charged with facilitating a second-degree crime, obstructing a first-degree prosecution, and tampering with material evidence, all felonies. Both were initially arrested in January following a co-operative investigation between detectives with the Yonkers Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office of Cold Cases. Veguilla and Torres were charged at Yonkers Criminal Court and taken to Westchester County Jail pending their next court appearance, authorities said.
According to a Press Release from the Yonkers Police Department, officers at around 5:35 p.m. on September 4, 2012 answered a 911 call about a suspicious package found in the woods. Upon arrival at the scene, first responders said they found a decomposing human body wrapped in a large black trash bag.
Detectives from the Main Crime Squad and Crime Scene Unit took over the investigation and were able to identify the victim as Bronx resident Pamela Graddick. According to the statement, investigators determined that Graddick was shot twice in the head at a location outside Yonkers and dumped in the woods to conceal the crime.
According to a report are from News of the Westchester Magazine.
After a two-year investigation, authorities were unable to produce enough evidence to charge anyone and the case was turned over to the Yonkers Police Department’s Cold Cases Unit. After years of additional case investigation, investigators detained Veguilla for nine years and four months after Graddick’s body was discovered.
Police say Veguilla confessed to the murder during an interview with detectives.
Veguilla allegedly said she shot and killed Graddick inside the Bronx condominium they shared due to “ongoing domestic issues between them.” Police say Veguilla took the murder weapon from Torres. After being accused of murder, she contacted Torres again, who allegedly helped her move the body from her apartment to the woods.
“The passage of time has only strengthened our commitment to solving these heinous crimes. Yonkers Police takes pride in focusing on victims and their families and doing whatever we can to bring them justice,” said Yonkers City Police Commissioner. John J. Mueller said in a statement following the arrest. “I hope that these arrests will close to some extent Pamela’s family and friends; and I applaud the extraordinary efforts of our Cold Case Detectives in solving this case after so many years – very good! ”
The case before the judge Anne Minihan at Westchester County Courthouse, and it is being prosecuted by the Director of Cold Cases Laura Murphy.
[images via Yonkers Police Department]
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