Pair charged in shooting at Vancouver Lake Park

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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photoPedro "Junior" Godinez Jr.

A Vancouver man and woman were arraigned Friday in Clark County Superior Court on multiple charges in connection with the Nov. 28 attempted murder of an Oregon man at Vancouver Lake Park.

Pedro "Junior" Godinez Jr., 19, was charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and bribing a witness.

Joanna Kyrstin May Speaks, 22, was charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, first-degree rendering criminal assistance, tampering with a witness and accepting a bribe as a witness.

The alleged crimes are aggravated by deliberate cruelty toward the alleged victim and displaying a lack of remorse, said Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino. Judge Barbara Johnson scheduled a joint trial for Feb. 4, which will likely be delayed for preparations.

Godinez remains in the Clark County Jail on $1 million bail. Speaks is in jail on $250,000 bail.

Speaks said at her first court appearance Dec. 3 that she would hire an attorney to represent her. On Friday, she asked for a court-appointed attorney, and defense attorney Anthony Lowe was appointed. Court-appointed defense attorney Matt Hoff represents Godinez.

Godinez was apprehended Dec. 7 by U.S. marshals in the Central Washington town of Grandview and transported to Clark County.

Speaks was arrested Nov. 30 on suspicion of luring an Oregon man, Freddie Landstrom, to her east Vancouver apartment.

Once Landstrom arrived, she allegedly invited him into a bedroom and then Godinez allegedly entered, robbed him, ordered him to drive to an area near Vancouver Lake. Once there, he shot Landstrom.

Landstrom was shot multiple times before he grabbed the gun and struggled with the suspect, according to police. Landstrom was able to flee west through a swamp to Kadow's Marina, police said.

He walked for about an hour before contacting a resident, who called 911, Gasperino has said.

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