Well, that was quick: (Via StatesmanJournal)
Well, that was quick:
Twelve jurors deliberated for about four hours before reaching unanimous verdicts on all 18 charges, finding the Turnidges each guilty of 10 counts of aggravated murder, three counts of attempted aggravated murder, assault, second-degree assault, unlawful manufacture and possession of a destructive device and conspiracy to commit aggravated murder.
As the verdicts were read aloud to each defendant, I noticed a special line inserted:
"Special question: did the victim substantially contribute to the commission of this offense by precipitating the attack? You [the jury] answered that yes."
There were so many counts of murder that Judge Hart, reading the verdict aloud, actually got the numbers mixed up and stumbled for a moment before relocating his place in the list of charges.
(You can watch StatesmanJournal video of the verdict being read here.)
From the Oregonian:
The jury, which started deliberations Tuesday afternoon, took less than a day to reach its verdict, which was announced to a standing-room-only courtroom packed with victims' family, police officers and the co-defendants family members.
The jury was unanimous on all guilty verdicts.
Oregonlive.com is also running video of the reading of the verdict. Their clip is longer and includes footage of Judge Hart receiving and examining the verdict before reading it aloud. It also indicates that Joshua Turnidge requested that the jury be polled.
The courtroom was so crowded that there were visitors standing against the walls. Many police officers and other law officers were in attendance; Chief Scott Russell, who has survived life-threatening injuries from the blast, sat beside Terri Hakim, widow of slain Trooper William Hakim.
The Woodburn Independent describes the scene as the verdict was read:
Prior to the verdict returning, people in the courtroom were instructed not to display any signs of emotion.
As the verdict was read, Chief Russell looked straight ahead as his wife clutched his hand.
A man put his arm around Tom Tennant’s widow, Mary, and she rocked slightly back and forth. Her daughter, seated just a few seats down, looked at a friend.
Behind them, bank employee Laurie Perkett, who was blasted with shrapnel in the explosion, cried quietly into a handkerchief. Bank Manager Ferrin Taylor sat to her right.
No family members of either victims or defendants offered any comments to the press immediately after the proceeding, and according to Oregonlive, many participants were prohibited from commenting:
Prosecutors and defense attorneys are not allowed to speak publicly about the verdicts pending the penalty phase of the case. Witnesses called to testify during the sentencing hearings also are under a gag rule.
The jury is set to re-convene today at 1:30 p.m. Oregon time to begin the penalty phase of the trial. After 32 days of testimony, including grisly photographs and descriptions of the bodies, this must be one tired group of people. I can only imagine that they are all stretched to the breaking point.
Oregonlive is running an interesting series of pictures showing reaction to the verdict by defendants, lawyers, staff and family members. It's worth looking at.
Oregonlive also has footage of Kelly Mix, Capt. Tom Tennant's brother-in-law, commenting on the verdict. This clip is immediately followed by footage taken the night of the bombing, lending an important sense of perspective to this 2-year process. I highly recommend it.
StatesmanJournal.com has reaction video from a man who calls himself a "curious citizen" who attended some of the trial. It's an interesting reminder that the trial, after all, was open to the public.
On the same page the StatesmanJournal also reposts the heartrending testimony of Detective Nick Wilson and Sgt. John Mikkola, who were the first officers to rush into the blasted bank after the explosion and search for survivors.
KATU.com is also running plenty of video regarding the verdict, and quotes Kelly Mix:
"For us, it doesn't change the fact that my brother-in-law is dead," Mix told The Oregonian. "I'm not opposed to the death penalty if the jury thinks that's the right punishment."
Bob Sznewajs, president of the West Coast Bank, asks the question that has bothered me for two years:
...why the Turnidges did it?
“I think it’s hard for us to understand how anybody could be part of this,” he said. “So I think for me, and for the company, that’s the most difficult part.”
We will probably never know what the exact plan was for the bomb. How could a bomb located outside assist in robbing a bank? Was it meant to be a statement of some kind? I have never been able to imagine a coherent plot, myself. KATU's Melica Johnson called the father and son's strategy of blaming one another "a massive failure," and said that the courtroom was "almost eerily quiet" during the reading of the verdict. This KATU clip has a nice mix of footage from the investigation, courtroom, and other sources. It's worth a look. In a second video, Ana Canzano conducts man-on-the-street interviews in Woodburn to gauge local reaction to the verdict. Oregon Public Broadcasting has a story on the penalty phase of the trial, outlining Oregon legal requirements:
We will probably never know what the exact plan was for the bomb. How could a bomb located outside assist in robbing a bank? Was it meant to be a statement of some kind? I have never been able to imagine a coherent plot, myself.
KATU's Melica Johnson called the father and son's strategy of blaming one another "a massive failure," and said that the courtroom was "almost eerily quiet" during the reading of the verdict. This KATU clip has a nice mix of footage from the investigation, courtroom, and other sources. It's worth a look.
In a second video, Ana Canzano conducts man-on-the-street interviews in Woodburn to gauge local reaction to the verdict.
Oregon Public Broadcasting has a story on the penalty phase of the trial, outlining Oregon legal requirements:
The penalty phase of a capital murder case can involve a different kind of evidence than jurors hear in the first part of the trial.
Prosecutors may talk about the victims’ pain and suffering. Defense attorneys will shift to discussions of a defendant’s background and character.
There are rules governing the discussion. Juries are instructed by Oregon law to consider whether the defendants acted deliberately to cause deaths.
They’ll be asked to think about any future danger the Turnidges might pose, and whether the bombing was a response to any provocation.