Man pleads not guilty to meth-fueled triple-murder plot

Man pleads not guilty to meth-fueled triple-murder plot
Anthony Joseph Rodrigues, Jr.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A Benton County sheriff's deputy says he pulled over a man for impaired driving, and then heard the sobbing driver volunteer stories of meth-fueled murder plots.

The suspect, 33-year-old Anthony Joseph Rodrigues Jr. of Eugene, pleaded not guilty Monday to three counts of attempted murder of a Philomath couple and their grown son, the Corvallis Gazette-Times reported.

He was arrested early Saturday morning on Oregon 99W south of Corvallis.

An affidavit said he told the deputy who pulled him over that within about eight hours, he'd smoked methamphetamine and bought a Glock handgun at a Eugene pawn shop and ammunition at a Bi-Mart store.

He said he traveled to Veneta west of Eugene intending to kill his father because "the voices in his head had told him to kill," the affidavit said. His father not home, he told the deputy, he then turned north to kill three members of a Philomath family.

Benton County Undersheriff Scott Jackson declined to describe Rodrigues' relationship to the family.

"We're still following leads and trying to figure out what is just rambling and what has substance," he said. "As far as the motive goes, I just can't speak to that."

Rodrigues was jailed with his bond set at $225,000 bond. His attorney, Brett Jaspers, recommended that he undergo a psychological evaluation. His next hearing was not immediately scheduled. He's also accused of weapons charges, impaired driving and reckless driving.