Jury recommends judge order death sentences in 2008 Oregon bank bombing

Dec 22, 2010

A jury is recommending that a judge sentence a man and his son to death after they were convicted of planting a bomb that killed two Oregon police officers.

The jury's decisions in the case of 59-year-old Bruce Turnidge and 34-year-old Joshua Turnidge were read in a Salem courtroom Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the pair built and planted the bomb outside a Woodburn bank in 2008. The device exploded as state police bomb technician William Hakim tried to dismantle it, killing him and Woodburn police Capt. Tom Tennant.

Prosecutors had argued that a death sentence is the only way to protect the public from the Turnidges' violent, anti-government ideology.

The Oregonian reports:

Jurors earlier this month convicted both men of aggravated murder in the blast at a West Coast Bank branch.

Judge Tom Hart scheduled a Jan. 24 hearing to impose sentences.