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Wife accused of murder cover-up

by: contributed photo, Christina Louise Sanchez, Suspected in murder cover-up

The wife of a man accused of hiring hit men to kill two local residents has been indicted for helping to cover up one of the murders.

A Multnomah County grand jury on Monday, July 24, indicted Christina Louise Sanchez, 35, of Woodburn on two counts of hindering prosecution and one count of tampering with physical evidence related to a Gresham killing. She is being held on $150,000 bail at the Inverness Jail.

Her husband and two more men also were indicted on aggravated murder charges for killing Alejandro Sanchez-Hernandez, 31, of Gresham in his triplex on July 10.

Police say disputes over drugs prompted Joel Sanchez-Jacobo, 29, of Woodburn to reportedly hire two hit men to kill Sanchez-Hernandez as well as Rodolfo Romero-Lopez, 24, of East County on May 31.

Sanchez-Jacobo was indicted on three counts of aggravated murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. He also is being held without bail at the Justice Center jail on charges of coercion.

In addition, the alleged hit men are being held at the Justice Center but on separate floors.

Gerardo Vazquez Villa-Gomez, 24, no address listed, has been indicted on one count of aggravated murder and also is being held on charges of conspiracy to commit attempted murder and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.

Jose Zamora-Camacho, 20, no address listed, was indicted on one count of aggravated murder. He is being held without bail on the murder charge and on a U.S. immigration hold.

Portland police arrested the three men four days after the Gresham murder.

According to court documents, Sanchez-Jacobo in mid-May threatened to kill Romero-Lopez and another man who allegedly stole $4,000 worth of narcotics from Sanchez-Jacobo.

He also agreed to pay Villa-Gomez and Zamora-Camacho to kill Romero-Lopez.

A few weeks later, neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots in an apartment complex in the 15600 block of Southeast Stark Street at 11:10 p.m. May 31. Police found Romero-Lopez's body in an outside entryway.

Then on July 10, the body of Sanchez-Hernandez was found in a triplex in the 1100 block of Northeast 162nd Avenue.