PENDLETON- A grand jury has returned indictments against the three men suspected of stabbing and shooting a man who was killed on Interstate 84 last week.
According to Umatilla County District Attorney Chris Brauer, the grand jury on Tuesday indicted Juan Manuel Rodriguez Jr., 24, and his younger brother, Kane Rodriguez, 16, of attempted aggravated murder, first-degree manslaughter, attempted murder with a firearm, attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree assault (one of those counts with a firearm) and two counts of second-degree assault (one count with a firearm).
Juan Rodriguez is still at large and is considered by police to be armed and dangerous. Rodriguez is about 5-foot-11.
The grand jury also indicted Kelly Joe Meyer, 33, for first-degree manslaughter, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault, one each with a firearm. He also was charged with felon in possession ofa firearm and pointing a firearm at another person.
Kane Rodriguez and Meyer were arrested the night of the Sept. 5 incident, in which they and the older Rodriguez allegedly stabbed Jose Homero Campos, 24, multiple times and then shot him once in the head. Campos was then struck by a passing car on I-84 as he was trying to flee from his assailants.
If convicted, the mandatory minimum sentence for murder is 25 years to life in prison because it is a Measure 11 offense. The mandatory minimum sentence for attempted aggravated murder and first-degree manslaughter is 10 years in prison, and the mandatory minimum sentence for attempted murder, first-degree kidnapping first-degree assault is seven and a half years in prison. A conviction for second-degree assault will net more than five years in prison and when a person commits a crime and uses or threatens to use a firearm, there is a mandatory prison sentence of five years.
Brauer said Kane Rodriguez and Meyer will be formally arraigned on the grand jury indictment charges later this week. The investigation iscontinuing by the Oregon State Police and other law enforcement agencies.