PENDLETON - Preliminary autopsy results revealed that a single gunshot wound to the face contributed to the death of Jose Homero Campos, who was killed Sunday night while attempting to flee from gunmen on foot.
Pathologists found a single .22-caliber bullet lodged in the back of the victim's head. It entered through his right cheek, said Umatilla County District Attorney Chris Brauer, who said he has yet to receive the full autopsy report.
"According to the pathologist who did the autopsy, (the gunshot wound) was a contributing cause of death," Brauer said Wednesday.
Another contributing factor could have been the impact of the vehicle that struck Campos at about 8:20 p.m. Sunday as he ran across the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84. The driver of that vehicle was not injured and is not a suspect in the crime.
Two suspects, however, have been arrested and were arraigned Wednesday on numerous felony charges. Kelly Joe Meyer, 33, and Kane Rodriguez, 16, have been charged with murder, first-degree manslaughter, attempted murder and attempted murder with a firearm.
Rodriguez was also charged with first-degree kidnapping. He appeared in court Wednesday wearing white sweat pants, an orange sweatshirt and orange shoes. Meyer appeared via closed-circuit video from the Umatilla County Jail wearing white- and orange-striped prison smocks.
As a Measure 11 offense, a murder conviction in Oregon carries a minimum sentence of 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of early release.
The other felony crimes Rodriguez and Meyer have been charged with each carry maximum sentences of 20 years in prison and $375,000 fines.
The attempted murder charges stem from the two men allegedly stabbing Campos at some point during the incident, according to indictments against Meyer and Rodriguez.
A third suspect, the older brother of Rodriguez, Juan Manuel Rodriguez Jr., 25, is still at large and is considered to be armed and dangerous. Rodriguez is described as 5-foot-11. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call police.
Police arrested Wednesday night a man who said Juan Rodriguez Jr. called him and told him that he "killed a man" Sunday night. Because Jose Luis Ceniceros, 25, of Pendleton would not tell police where Juan Rodriguez Jr. is hiding, he was charged with hindering prosecution.
A preliminary indictment charges Juan Rodriguez Jr. with the same charges his younger brother faces.
According to Brauer, the incident began Sunday night on Gun Club Road near the Umatilla Chemical Depot. It was there police detained Kane Rodriguez and Meyer.
Kane Rodriguez was initially lodged at the Northeast Oregon Regional Youth Center but was transported to the Umatilla County Jail after his arraignment Wednesday. Meyer remains at the jail.
During their arraignments Wednesday at the Courthouse, Judge Garry Reynolds set bail for both at $1 million each. Geoffrey Gokey was appointed to represent Rodriguez and Wes Williams was named to represent Meyer. Both Rodriguez and Meyer have a preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday. A grand jury could review the cases before that hearing, which would make the preliminary hearing unnecessary, Brauer said.