Jury Convicts Man Of Murder, Hate Crime For Killing Black Teen In Oregon

A Multnomah County, Oregon jury convicted Russell Courtier of murder Tuesday for the 2016 killing of Larnell Bruce Jr.

The jury also found Courtier guilty of second-degree intimidation, which functions as Oregon’s hate crime statute, and of failure to perform the duty of a driver.

Courtier’s parents and friends sat in the first row in the courtroom and Bruce’s family and loved ones sat on the bench behind them.

Before Multnomah County District Judge Jerry Hodson brought the jury in for the verdict, he reminded the courtroom to try not to react when the verdict was read. As he read the convictions, guilty on all counts, a whimper could be heard in the room. Check out the full story.

By Erica Morrison, OPB

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