Jury finds man guilty of killing black teen with Jeep

A jury has found a man guilty of murdering 19-year-old Larnell Bruce Jr. by intentionally driving onto a sidewalk and hitting him in the Portland suburb of Gresham in 2016.

Posted: Mar 19, 2019 3:31 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A jury has found a man guilty of murdering 19-year-old Larnell Bruce Jr. by intentionally driving onto a sidewalk and hitting him in the Portland suburb of Gresham in 2016.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the jury also found Russell Courtier guilty Tuesday of the hate crime of second-degree intimidation after the prosecution argued the 40-year-old was motivated by white supremacist beliefs in killing Bruce. Courtier additionally was found guilty of hit-and-run driving.

As Multnomah County Circuit Judge Jerry Hodson read the verdict, members of Bruce's family breathed deeply as tears filled their eyes.

The jury deliberated for just over a day after an eight-day trial.

Authorities say Courtier and Colleen Hunt were in a Jeep driven by Courtier and that he, with encouragement from Hunt, drove into Bruce following a fight with him at a convenience store.

Hunt has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

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