Oregon man accused in alleged murder plot

By Paula Horton, Herald staff writer March 3, 2009 

PENDLETON -- A Umatilla County man who's in jail for more than a year on multiple sex charges is now being held on $1 million bail for allegedly plotting to kill his victims.

Arthur Wayne Blood, 32, appeared Monday in Umatilla County Circuit Court in Pendleton on 21 new charges, said Simmone Weyand, deputy district attorney.

The counts include attempted aggravated murder, conspiracy to commit aggravated murder, solicitation of aggravated murder and witness tampering.

The Umatilla County District Attorney's office expects to present information on the new charges against Blood to the grand jury later this week, Weyand said.

The charges involved three people who are the same alleged victims in the sexual abuse case, she said.

Authorities claim that while Blood was in the Umatilla County jail, he tried to arrange to have someone kill the victims to prevent them from testifying against him.

The Stanfield man was arrested in January 2008 and indicted by the grand jury on multiple counts of using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct, encouraging child sex abuse, sexual assault of an animal, sodomy and rape.

He's accused of videotaping sexual encounters with teenage girls.

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