OR Supreme Court upholds conviction of Woodburn bank bombers

Bruce and Joshua Turnidge both remain in custody at the Oregon State Penitentiary

Bruce and Joshua Turnidge shown in undated photos.
Bruce and Joshua Turnidge shown in undated photos.

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) – The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction and sentencing of a father and his son who bombed a bank in Woodburn, killing two law enforcement officers.

Both Bruce and Joshua Turnidge were convicted of all counts, including aggravated murder, and were both sentenced to death

“In a community this size, everybody is affected by and traumatized a little bit–how people can do stuff like that,” Woodburn resident Don Zehrun told KOIN.

“I am extremely grateful for the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision,” Woodburn Mayor Kathy Figley said. “Our thoughts go to the families impacted by these tragic events. They, along with so many public safety officials who responded, continue to live through these tragedies every day.”

Under Oregon law, anyone convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to death must have their case reviewed by the Oregon Supreme Court.

The bombing occurred Friday, Dec. 12, 2008.

Karen Schroeder lives across the street from the bank and witnessed the bombing and testified during the trial.

“Time goes so fast,” Schroeder said.  If she could tell Bruce and Joshua Turnridge one thing, she said, “I would tell them they didn’t think much about their families they left behind.”

Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William Hakim and Woodburn Police Captain Tom Tennant both died when the bomb went off as Hakim attempted to disable it.

Woodburn Bank Bombing Day AfterWoodburn Police Chief Scott Russell was critically injured.

Bruce and Joshua Turnidge both remain in custody at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

The Oregon Supreme Court “rejected” all claims of error by defense attorneys.

“The judgement of conviction and sentences of death are affirmed,” the high court writes.

 

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