Corvallis couple and others charged in Benton County murder

A Corvallis couple has been arrested as part of a murder investigation. The couple was reportedly arrested in Washington on suspicion they may have been involved in a murder that took place in Benton County. Corvallis is about 80 miles south of Portland.

The 26-year-old male has was arrested has been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and three counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The 25-year-old female has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Those charges are in connection to the murder of a 22-year-old Corvallis man.

The victim's decomposed body was apparently found on September 23 10 miles south of Corvallis after he had been missing for several weeks. The man has reportedly admitted to being involved in the murder and then stealing the victim's car. At his arrest, he is reported to have told authorities that he would have shot the arresting officers had he had a loaded gun, and that he would kill again if released from jail.

The man's brother has also been named as a co-defendant, though Benton County authorities said it isn't clear to what extent he was involved in the murder.

Two other men from Corvallis have reportedly been charged in the case as well after being arrested on October 2. A 29-year-old man has been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, unlawful use of a weapon and conspiracy to unlawfully use a weapon. A 19-year-old man has also been charged with weapons-related offenses in connection with the murder. According to court records, the 22-year-old is accused of either directly causing or aiding the couple in the murder.

Sources said the murder is still under investigation.


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