|By Molly Rosbach, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Holbrook's attack shocked the community last May, when he was found in a pool of blood in a vacant
Though the throat wound missed an artery, the injury left him with brain damage, authorities said.
Four suspects are being held in the
Once there, the couple left their three young children in the car, and while Holbrook walked them through the house, Gomez-Monges struck him from behind.
Authorities said Mendez went back to the car. She said an agitated Gomez-Monges came out moments later, and they drove off quickly.
A colleague found Holbrook in the house that night, and Gomez-Monges and Mendez were arrested two days later.
They are being held on charges of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault.
According to documents in the case, Blizzard had tried to buy
Blizzard and his brothers had also set up a separate company and took out a
According to arrest affidavits, Taylor held a grudge against Holbrook, who was her former father-in-law. She had argued with him a month before the attack because Holbrook had decided to stop financially supporting her as the mother of his grandchildren.
A former friend said she'd overheard Taylor tell Blizzard she had tried to poison Holbrook a few times. Taylor allegedly introduced Blizzard to Gomez-Monges and Mendez.
Prosecutors say Blizzard paid the couple to pose as buyers and kill Holbrook.
"Usually what happens is if you charge with attempted murder or some kind of assault, and the individual dies as a result of the injuries sustained, you amend it upwards to a charge of murder," he said. "If there's a connection, it's likely we'll amend the charge."
He said he would have to work with the prosecutor assigned to the case,
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