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Murder suspects accused of running down black man in Gresham charged with hate crime

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Russell Courtier, Colleen Hunt (jail booking photos) Russell Courtier, Colleen Hunt (jail booking photos)
Larnell Malik Bruce (Photo: Gresham Police Department) Larnell Malik Bruce (Photo: Gresham Police Department)
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

Two murder suspects accused of running down a black man after a fight at a 7-Eleven store in Gresham are now facing additional hate crime charges.

Russell Courtier, 38, and Colleen Hunt, 35, were arraigned on new indictments Monday on charges of murder, hit and run involving injuries and first-degree intimidation.

The latter charge is a bias crime. Courtier is also facing an additional charge of second-degree intimidation.

According to court documents, the suspects "did unlawfully, acting together and because of their perception of the race and color of Larnell Bruce intentionally cause physical injury to Larnell Bruce."

Bruce, 19, of Vancouver, was found critically injured late Aug. 10. He died at the hospital several days later.

Investigators said Bruce and Courtier were involved in a fight at the 7-Eleven on the 18700 block of East Burnside Street.

Bruce ran from the scene, but was chased down and run over by Courtier and Hunt in a 1991 Jeep Wrangler, according to police. Officers said Courtier was driving the vehicle and Hunt was encouraging him to hit Bruce.

Investigators believe Bruce was on the sidewalk when he was hit.

Police said Bruce did not know the suspects prior to the confrontation at the store.

Police said the suspects have clear ties to a white supremacist group, but that alone was not enough to prove in court how or if that affiliation played into their decisions the night Bruce was killed.

However, investigators said information from additional witnesses, including subject matter experts on white supremacy gangs, "has helped answer part of the motive and highlighted the suspects' associations as one contributing factor."

Both Courtier and Hunt pleaded not guilty in court Monday. They remain in the Multnomah County Jail with a bail hearing set for December.  

Their trial is currently scheduled to begin in August 2017.

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