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UPDATE: Husband Accused of Killing Wife in Union Gap

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UNION GAP, Wash.--Family and friends of the woman fatally shot outside a Union Gap movie theatre watched as her husband faced the judge.

43-year-old John Munzanreder is accused of devising a gruesome plan to have someone kill his wife, before ending up taking the shot himself.

NBC Right Now spoke with the victims son off camera. He says his mother, Cindy Kelly-Munzanreder, was a wonderful woman, and the family wants to thank the community for their overwhelming support.

"I just couldn't say enough good things about her," said Tom Sparling, Cindy's former boss at Valley Ford Nissan. "She was thoughtful, our customers loved her, our staff were her good friends. We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Cindy."

According to court documents, John offered a co-worker at Valley Ford Nissan $20,000 to kill his wife.

22-year-old Juan Ibanez-Cortes told Union Gap Police he did not pull the trigger but did assist with the murder. Ibanez-Cortes said he heard gunshots, saw a handgun come flying through the bushes and took off with the weapon. Police later found the gun stashed at Valley Ford Nissan and quickly booked the two men for Cindy's murder.

"It's been a very difficult week," said Sparling. "Everybody thought the world of her. We're still in shock."

Court documents claim Munzanreder lacked "sincere emotion" during questioning. People who knew the couple, told police it was "common knowledge" that he had been having an affair for several months.

Both men face charges of first-degree murder. Bail has been set at $2 million each. Their next court appearance will be in two weeks.


UNION GAP, Wash. - According to court documents, the man accused of murdering Cynthia Kelly-Munzanreder is her husband.

Union Gap Police arrested 43-year-old John Munzanreder and Juan Ibanez-Cortes Monday evening. Court papers show Munzanreder shot his wife outside the Majestic Theater and then threw the gun through some bushes to Ibanez-Cortes.

Ibanez-Cortes then left in his vehicle and stashed the gun at Valley Ford, where both suspects work. Officers later found the gun at the dealership while serving a search warrant.

Investigators say Munzanreder offered $20,000 to Ibanez-Cortes to shoot his wife but he refused. Munzanreder then asked him to at least help with the murder.

According to people who knew the couple, the husband was having an affair for several months.

Officers booked Munzanreder for 1st degree murder and booked Ibanez-Cortes for alien in possession of a firearm and 1st degree murder.


UNION GAP, Wash. - Union Gap Police have arrested two men for the murder of Cynthia Kelly-Munzanreder. Both have been booked into the Yakima County Jail for 1st Degree Murder.

Police say Kelly-Munzanreder was shot in the head Thursday night as she was walking out of the Majestic Theaters with her husband. Police say the shooting is not gang related.

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UNION GAP, Wash.-- Union Gap police say they have no new information in the murder of 45-year-old Cynthia Kelly-Munzanreder.

Munzanreder was shot in the head in the parking lot of The Majestic Theatre on Thursday. She and her husband were walking to their car when the attack happened.

Police are saying it was an isolated incident, but still have not released a possible motive or any information about suspects.