Death of man run down in Gresham ruled hate crime

Accused killer tied to racist prison gang

GRESHAM, Ore. -- A couple already charged with crimes stemming from running down a man in Gresham have now been charged with a hate crime for the deadly incident.

Larnell Malik Bruce, 19, of Vancouver, was run over on Aug. 10 after a fight in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven at Burnside and 188th Avenue. He died several days later.

Russell Courtier, 38, the alleged driver of the red Jeep, and his passenger, Colleen Hunt, 35, were caught by police shortly after Bruce was run down.

Both had been charged with murder and failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons. They pleaded not guilty and were being held without bail. Their trial is scheduled  for Oct. 3.

A re-indictment document released Tuesday adds first-degree intimidation charges for both. It reads, in part, that Courtier and Hunt "did unlawfully, acting together and because of their perception of the race and color of Larnell Bruce intentionally cause physical injury to Larnell Bruce."

In addition, Courtier was charged with second-degree intimidation for "unlawfully, intentionally and because of (Courtier's) perception of race and color of Larnell Bruce, subject Darnell Bruce to offensive physical contact."

The Portland Mercury reported that Courtier has ties to a prison-based white supremacist group called European Kindred. It was formed in the 1990s.

A photo on Courtier's Facebook page shows a leg tattoo with the letters E and K within a shield.

 


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