MONDAY 3/7/2022 12:40 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The man who allegedly shot a 36-year-old and burned his corpse was in court and pleaded not guilty to his charges.

According to court records, 33-year-old Pedro Santiago-Marquez entered a ‘not guilty’ plea for his charges of 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide and being a party to a crime of Mutilating a Corpse.

He is scheduled to appear in court on April 15 at 9 a.m. The jury trial is scheduled to start on April 18.

Local 5 will continue to update this story as more details are released.

UPDATE: Victim’s family speaks out during UWGB burned body hearing

THURSDAY 2/3/2022 3:20 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Two of the three men who police allege were involved in the murder of the 36-year-old Ashwaubenon man, whose burned body was found near the UW-Green Bay campus on Sept. 28, 2021, appeared in court on Thursday for an initial hearing.

The two suspects, identified as Pedro Santiago-Marquez and Alexander Burgos-Mojica, both appeared via zoom.

Santiago-Marquez is facing one count of First Degree Intentional Homicide and one count of Mutilating a Corpse – PTAC, as a Party to a Crime. If convicted of First Degree Intentional Homicide, Santiago-Marquez could face a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Additionally, if Santiago-Marquez is found guilty of Mutilating a Corpse – PTAC, as a Party to a Crime, he could face a maximum penalty of a $25,000 fine or 12 years and six months imprisonment, or possibly both.

During Santiago-Marquez’s Thursday court appearance the judge granted the state’s recommendation and imposed a $1,000,000 cash bond with the following conditions:

  • Santiago-Marquez is not to have contact with the following parties:
    • The victim’s family
    • The alleged co-defendents identified as alexander Burgos-mojica or Jeisaac Rodriguez-Garcia
  • Santiago-Marquez is not to be in possession of any firearms

An in-person preliminary hearing for Santiago-Marquez was scheduled for Feb. 11.

Shortly after Santiago-Marquez’s court appearance concluded, Alexander Burgos-Mojica’s initial court appearance commenced.

Burgos-Mojica is facing one count of Harboring or Aiding a Felon. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of a $25,000 fine or 10 years imprisonment, or possibly both.

For his alleged involvement in the murder, the state of Wisconsin requested that the judge impose a $25,000 cash bond with the following conditions:

  • Burgos-Mojica is not to have contact with the folllowing individuals:
    • The victim’s family
    • The alleged co-defendents identified as Pedro Santiago-Marquez or Jeisaac Rodriguez-Garcia

After briefly consulting with the public defender, the defendants asked that the judge grant a $100 cash bond instead of the $25,000 cash bond the state had requested.

After hearing both sides, the judge granted permission for the victim’s family members to speak out and have their voices heard.

At this time, the father of the victim unmuted his mic and stated, “I would like them not to give him a low bond because he was involved in my son’s murder.”

Echoing the words of his father, the brother of the victim then unmuted his mic and shared, “I am Jason Mendez-Ramos brother and I just want you to consider what my father has said.”

Shortly after both statements were heard, the judge proceeded to grant the state’s request for a $25,000 cash bond with the following conditions:

  • Burgos-Mojica is not to have contact with the folllowing individuals:
    • The victim’s family
    • The alleged co-defendents identified as Pedro Santiago-Marquez or Jeisaac Rodriguez-Garcia

“It’s a high cash bond amount, but given the nature of these allegations and the potential exposures, I think a higher cash bond is appropriate. I have reviewed the criminal complaint and I do think strength of evidence is a factor that I have to consider; I think that may be a factor of favor of the state in this case,” said the Brown County judge.

An in-person preliminary hearing for Burgos-Mojica has been scheduled for Feb 11. Local 5 will continue to update this story as it progresses.

Large sum of money possible cause for death of Ashwaubenon man

WEDNESDAY 2/2/2022 5:10 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Two people are officially charged for the death of Jason Mendez-Ramos from Ashwaubenon after his burned body was found near the UW-Green Bay campus on Sept. 28, 2021.

According to recently released court documents, a detective determined the body had suffered trauma to the chest that was not related to the fire. The report goes on to say evidence indicated that “the body had been wrapped in a blue plastic tarp, clear plastic sheeting, and black garbage bags,” – similar to those used when someone is painting.

On Sept, 29. detectives say they interviewed someone who mentioned a large sum of money was involved with Pedro Santiago-Marquez, a man who multiple witnesses say in the report is the operator of a paint shop. Through another source, detectives say someone told them a man named “Pedro” had dropped off a van at a residence on S. Irwin St.

Later, law enforcement says they found a van that was involved in the case and ran its vehicle registration and the owner turned out to be Pedro Santiago-Marquez. However, they say it looked to be expired due to unpaid parking violations.

In Nov. of 2021, detectives say they visited Fox Communities Credit Union to sort out information on deposits of money Mendez-Ramos had made the day before law enforcement found his body. Through footage, authorities say they saw Mendez-Ramos arrive alone at the drive-thru around 12 p.m. and deposit $4,000.

A month later, detectives interviewed a witness who knew both Santiago-Marquez and Mendez-Ramos. According to the witness, they told detectives Santiago-Marquez owed Mendez-Ramos $80,000 for a previous deal of cocaine.

The same witness told authorities they heard Santiago-Marquez say he was going to “pop” Mendez-Ramos. Detectives then asked the witness what “pop” meant and the release states the witness created a motion where his hand was like a gun.

Further in the interview, the witness told detectives they contacted Alexander Burgos-Mojica, someone who worked for Santiago-Marquez, a few days to a week after they heard about Mendez-Ramos dying. The release says the witness told authorities Burgos-Mojica explained to them he was there when Santiago-Marquez shot Mendez-Ramos.

In January of 2022, detectives say they received information from Mendez-Ramos’ Cash App account that was linked to the Fox Communities Credit Union. In it, the release says transactions were consistent with Santiago-Marquez owing Mendez-Ramos money.

The release states that Santiago-Marquez acknowledged in an interview in October of 2021 he did owe Mendez-Ramos money “for past work.”

Pedro Santiago-Marquez

Santiago-Marquez is facing the following counts:

  • First Degree Intentional Homicide.
  • Mutilating a Corpse – PTAC, as a Party to a Crime.

Alexander Burgos-Mojica

Burgos-Mojica is facing the following counts:

  • Haboring or Aiding a Felon.

Law enforcement also arrested Jeisaac Rodriguez-Garcia in January with his involvement in the case, charging him for mutilating a corpse.

Original Story: Two more arrested in UWGB burning body case

WEDNESDAY 2/2/2022 9:23 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Two more people were arrested, including one facing a homicide charge, for their alleged involvement in the homicide of a 36-year-old that was found near the UWGB campus.

According to the Green Bay Police Department, two additional arrests were made in the homicide of Jason Mendez-Ramos. Mendez-Ramos was found dead near the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus.

The two people that were arrested are:

  • Pedro Santiago-Marquez
  • Alexander Burgos-Mojica

Santiago-Marquez has a charge of 1st-Degree Intentional Homicide and Burgos-Mojica is charged with Harboring/Aiding a Felon.

The criminal complaint says that first responders saw flames in a wooded area next to a UW-Green Bay trail that was approximately five to ten feet high.

The fire was later extinguished and first responders found Mendez-Ramos’s body that was engulfed in the flames. This happened on Sept. 28, 2021.

Back in early Jan., 29-year-old Jeisaac Rodriguez-Garcia was charged for mutilating a corpse.

The investigation is ongoing and no additional details were provided. Local 5 will continue to update this story.