It took a Yakima County Superior Court jury slightly more than 90 minutes to find a man guilty of shooting a woman in the back of the head and leaving her to die three years ago.
Freddy Munoz Razo, 44, was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the 2016 shooting of Amy McGee, a Pasco woman. Jurors also found that Razo was armed with a gun at the time of the attempted killing, which adds at least five years to the sentence that Judge Michael McCarthy will hand down July 12.
Prosecutors say Razo and two other men took McGee to a pond off Flint Road in the Wapato area June 1, 2016, and shot her. McGee was found alive five days later.
While McGee testified that it was Daniel Perez who fired the shot after Razo couldn’t do it, prosecutors argued that Razo shared guilt as an accomplice in both the kidnapping and shooting. McGee also testified that Razo beat her with his fists and what she believed was a pillowcase filled with rocks shortly before she was taken out to be shot.
But Scott Bruns, Razo’s attorney, said his client was a victim of mistaken identity by three eyewitnesses whom he described as “drug addicts” and “meth heads” with credibility issues.
One of the witnesses, Brandon Honeycutt, was also charged in the attack, but Bruns said he received a “sweetheart” plea agreement in which prosecutors recommend he be sentenced later this month to time served for second-degree assault in return for his testimony.
In contrast, Bruns said there was documentation that Razo was at work the day before his attack and the two days afterward, calling into question testimony that he was sitting with McGee and the others at a Yakima house smoking drugs.
“As you can see, there are lots of holes in the testimony,” Bruns said in his closing argument.
He also called McGee’s identifying Razo in court into question, noting that her vision problems required her to have assistance getting into and out of the jury box, as well as the fact that Razo was the only Hispanic person sitting at the defense table.
Bruns said after the verdict that Razo will be filing an appeal.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Julia Davis reminded jurors that the witnesses, despite their issues with drug use, provided consistent testimony about the events. She pointed out that while McGee had issues recounting events in chronological order and had peripheral vision problems, she was able to identify Razo in court.