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TV crime show to feature 36-year-old Minocqua cold case


A TV crime series captures the moment an arrest is made 36 years after an Oneida County woman was killed.

Oxygen Network's 'Cold Justice' released an ad for an upcoming episode centered around the killing of Barbara Mendez.

Mendez was brutally murdered in Minocqua in 1982. She was found badly beaten at a credit union where she worked, but police never caught the killer.

Now, after decades of waiting, Mendez's daughters -- who were children at the time of their mother's death -- will begin to get closure that has long eluded them.

In the video, Robert Mendez, Barbara's husband, exits the Minocqua Walmart in handcuffs. Their daughters, who will be featured in the episode, say they confronted their father about their mother's death -- a claim which he never denied, but said he'd tell them more on the matter someday.

According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Department, 'Cold Justice' provided fresh eyes on the case and new resources which helped lead to the husband's arrest. Mendez has pleaded not guilty to killing his wife. 

Documents show prosecutors have no witnesses or a confession, and have not found the murder weapon.

Mendez is set for a 15-day trial in April.

The season premiere of 'Cold Justice' airs August 4 at 5 pm on Oxygen.

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