Prosecutor: Woman shot 'execution-style'; suspect, victim involved in 'love triangle'

Benton County Sheriff’s deputies arrested William Hargrove, 27, on a murder charge after a woman's body was found in the woods outside Alsea, Oregon. (Benton County Jail mugshot; SBG photo)

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The woman found dead in the woods outside Alsea was shot in the back of the head "execution-style" by a man involved with her in what a deputy district attorney called a "love triangle," prosecutors told the court Thursday.

Benton County Sheriff’s deputies arrested William Hargrove, 27, overnight Wednesday on a murder charge.

The woman's identity has not yet been made public, pending notification of her family.

Prosecutors mentioned the manner of the woman's death and the possible motive during Hargrove's arraignment on a charge of murder Thursday afternoon.

Hargrove appeared by video conference from the jail.

He has been appointed a public defender to represent him in the case.

The woman - so far described only as in her 20s - was found dead by security personnel on private timber land outside Alsea on Monday.

The sheriff said the area is often used by the public for shooting firearms.

"It's a well-known shooting area," Sheriff Scott Jackson said. "People go up there and shoot bottles and cans."

"The circumstances surrounding the positioning of the body indicated a violent or unexpected death," Undersheriff Greg Ridler said earlier this week.

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