Corvallis man indicted in 2017 death of Russian woman
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man jailed since April 2017 in connection with the slaying of a Russian woman has been indicted on charges of murder, identity theft and theft.
The Gazette-Times reports William Hargrove, 28, of Corvallis appeared Wednesday in Benton County Circuit Court. Hargrove’s lawyer, Mike Flinn, entered not guilty pleas on his client’s behalf in the death of 27-year-old Anna Repkina.
Prosecutors believe Repkina was in a love-triangle relationship with Hargrove and another woman, which led to that woman giving Hargrove an ultimatum to choose one of them.
Repkina’s body was found on a remote logging road near Alsea, southwest of Corvallis. She was shot in the back of the head.
Hargrove was charged with murder on April 20, 2017, three days after Repkina’s body was discovered.
This week’s indictment includes charges of identity theft, for using the personal identification of Repkina, and theft — for stealing about $800. Senior Deputy District Attorney Ryan Joslin declined to elaborate on what was taken.
Hargrove’s trial is set to begin April 1, 2019.
Repkina entered the United States using Russian travel documents the month before her death, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Hargrove and Repkina were on a lease together and had been sharing a home since March 8, 2017, according to a probable cause affidavit.
According to the affidavit, detectives connected Hargrove to the case using a receipt found at the scene. The receipt indicated that Hargrove and another man, Kevin Thomas, had made a purchase at a local fast-food restaurant.
Detectives questioned Thomas, who acknowledged leaving trash from the meal in Hargrove’s vehicle.
Thomas told detectives that Hargrove was dating both Repkina and a married woman. Moreover, Thomas said Hargrove barrowed a shotgun from him about three weeks before Repkina’s body was discovered and it had not been returned.
When he spoke with detectives, Hargrove said he had returned the shotgun, according to the affidavit. He admitted knowing Repkina but said he thought she had moved away.
Detectives interviewed the married woman, Michelle Chavez, who told them Hargrove was romantically involved with Repkina, the affidavit states. Chavez admitted giving Hargrove an ultimatum to choose her or Repkina. Chavez said Hargrove had told her that he put Repkina on a train and she was gone.
Chavez told detectives she and Hargrove had previously camped in the area where Repkina’s body was found.
Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com