Man found guilty of killing black teen from Vancouver

first_img An Oregon man with white nationalist ties was convicted Tuesday of murdering a black Vancouver teenager.A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury convicted Russell Courtier, 40, of the murder of Larnell Bruce Jr., 19. Jurors heard evidence that Courtier intentionally ran over Bruce with his vehicle following an altercation in a convenience store parking lot in Gresham, Ore.Courtier also was found guilty of second-degree intimidation and felony hit-and-run. The intimidation conviction constitutes a hate crime in Oregon; the jury found that Courtier’s white supremacist beliefs influenced his decision to kill Bruce, according to a news release from the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.Members of Bruce’s family breathed deeply as tears filled their eyes while Multnomah County Circuit Judge Jerry Hodson read the verdict Tuesday.“I’m so happy,” an emotional Christina Miles, Bruce’s mother, told The Oregonian/OregonLive.Police responded Aug. 10, 2016, to the intersection of Southeast 188th Avenue and Southeast Burnside Street to investigate a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian. Bruce had suffered critical injuries and later died at a hospital. Senior Deputy District Attorney David Hannon presented evidence during trial that Courtier, a member of the racist, white prison gang European Kindred, and Bruce were involved in a physical altercation outside a 7-Eleven store. Bruce was attempting to leave the area when Courtier climbed into a Jeep belonging to his girlfriend, Colleen Hunt, 37. Buy this PhotoA photo of Larnell Bruce is seen in the Vancouver home of Natasha and Larnell Bruce Sr., his parents, on Oct. 10, 2016. Amanda Cowan/The Columbian files last_img