DA: Man was in 'problematic love triangle' when he killed woman, execution-style

Booking photos for William Chase Hargrove courtesy Benton County Jail.

ALSEA, Ore. – A 27-year-old man who was arrested for shooting and killing a woman in rural Oregon earlier this week was in a "problematic love triangle," the district attorney's office said.

A woman in her 20s was found dead several miles up a logging road on property owned by Weyerhaeuser outside Alsea Monday.

Hargrove was arrested on murder charges Thursday.

During a court appearance Thursday, it was revealed Hargrove was in a love triangle with the victim and another woman. One of the women gave Hargrove an ultimatum.

"[Hargrove] then took the other woman to a remote logging location and she was found shot in the back of the head, execution-style," Benton County Senior Deputy District Attorney Amie Matusko said. "The defendant (Hargrove) was living with two different women at two different households."

Detectives are still working to notify the victim's family.

Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson says evidence found at the crime scene linked Hargrove to the crime.

"There is a preponderance of evidence to sift through," Jackson said. "Everything about this case has been complex."

Deputies say Hargrove worked part-time as a bouncer at Tom's Peacock Bar and Grill in downtown Corvallis.

"I'm shocked... like, I would never have imagined it," Hargrove's former co-worker Michelle Hazelton said. "He was pretty funny most of the time... seemed normal."

Hargrove is being held behind bars without bail.

His court-appointed decline to comment.

Hargrove's next court date is scheduled for April 27.

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