A man is on trial for the murder of his future Russian bride after investigators found a receipt from KFC that allegedly linked him to his execution-style death, according to reports.
William Chase Hargrove, 29, of the Oregon, appeared at the Benton County Court on Friday, where he is accused of killing Anna Repkina, a 27-year-old woman found shot to death in April 2017 , the Corvallis Gazette-Times reported.
The prosecutors claim that Mr. Hargrove was involved in an "interesting love triangle report" with Repkina, who met online and believed he would move from Moscow to the Oregon.
But he also had a long-term relationship with another woman, Michelle Chavez, who gave him an ultimatum to break up with Mrs. Repkina, prosecutors said.
"He was either her or the other, and made a decision," said deputy senior district lawyer Amie Matusko at Associated Press in an interview.
"She took the victim on a rather desolate forest road, and she was found shot in the back of her head, in execution style."
There were no clues about Repkina's identity when her body was found – apart from a KFC bag near her body, according to the newspaper.
Inside the takeaway bag, there was a receipt of the order under the name of Kevin Thomas.
The authorities tracked down Mr. Thomas, who recalled having eaten with Mr. Hargrove. Thomas claimed to have left his rifle on loan to Hargrove, but had not returned the weapon.
Mr. Hargrove was arrested and held without bail in Mrs. Repkina's murder – but he insisted that his lover was the only one responsible.
"Mr. Hargrove has always claimed that he did not kill his girlfriend," stated lawyer Mike Flinn in a statement to The Washington Post. "The evidence at the trial will clearly show that Michelle Chavez murdered Anna Repkina."
Ms. Chavez denied any role in the killing, although she admits to being jealous of Mrs. Repkina, the Corvallis Gazette-Times reported.
The trial of Mr. Hargrove is expected to last until November.
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