Injured chief testifies in Ore. bank bombing trial

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Posted: Oct 21, 2010 8:05 PM
Injured chief testifies in Ore. bank bombing trial

The Woodburn, Ore., police chief can recall some events leading up to a 2008 bank bombing that left him critically injured, but most of his memory of the event was wiped out in the blast that killed two other officers.

Scott Russell took the stand Thursday in the aggravated murder trial of Bruce and Joshua Turnidge, the father and son accused in the explosion.

Russell testified he couldn't recall responding to a suspicious device at West Coast Bank or the explosion when Oregon State Police bomb technician William Hakim tried to dismantle what he believed to be a hoax device.

The next thing Russell recalls was waking up at OHSU Hospital in Portland, where he learned his right leg had been amputated and that Hakim and Woodburn police Capt. Tom Tennant were dead.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com