Prosecutors can’t use man’s police interview in murder trial

Russell Courtier, 39, has pleaded not guilty to murder and intimidation

Russell Orlando Courtier. (MCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County judge says prosecutors can’t use statements a murder suspect made to police because the detective talked to the man after he asked for an attorney.

Prosecutors charged 39-year-old Russell Courtier of intentionally running down a black teen in 2016 after an altercation in a convenience store parking lot.

An undated photo of Larnell Bruce provided by Gresham Police.
An undated photo of Larnell Bruce provided by Gresham Police.

Courtier has pleaded not guilty to murder and intimidation — a hate crime — in the death of 19-year-old Larnell Malik Bruce Jr. at the Gresham 7-Eleven.

Courtier’s girlfriend, Colleen Hunt, was in the passenger seat of Courtier’s Jeep.

She has pleaded not guilty to intimidation.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Friday that Detective Aaron Turnage stopped an initial interview when Courtier asked for a lawyer.

But hours later, Turnage told Courtier Bruce would likely die and Courtier began to talk.