A Pasco man’s initial plea to charges he killed a female friend and stuffed her body in his closet were delayed Tuesday at his lawyer’s request.
Guadalupe Montejano, 48, is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with one count of first-degree murder.
He was set to enter a plea Tuesday, but Prosecutor Shawn Sant said Montejano’s attorney, Shelley Ajax, asked to postpone the hearing a week.
Montejano will return to court Jan. 21.
Pasco police found the body of Tamie Alane Clark-Acevedo the night of Jan. 3 in Montejano’s apartment on Lewis Street.
Clark-Acevedo, 46, suffered severe head wounds and her throat had a deep cut made by a sharp object, court documents said.
Her body was covered by a sleeping bag. It is not known how long she had been dead when officers got the tip and found her.
Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel ruled her death a homicide, but it will take six to eight weeks for lab reports to return so he can determine what caused her death.
Montejano allegedly told at least one person at the apartment complex that he killed Clark-Acevedo. That person claims Montejano said, “Tammy [sic] is dead. I killed Tammy,” documents said.
Montejano was arrested at home.
Neighbors say they heard screams and items breaking inside the apartment earlier that day. The victim’s friends said Clark-Acevedo and Montejano were acquaintances, and she was staying with him until she could afford to find a place of her own.
Montejano remains in the Franklin County jail on $500,000 bail.