Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office
Woodburn bombing cases affirmed by Oregon Supreme Court - 05/05/16
Today, the Oregon Supreme Court issued its decision in State of Oregon v. Joshua Turnidge and State of Oregon v. Bruce Turnidge, unanimously affirming their convictions and death sentences for the aggravated murders of Woodburn Police Captain Thomas Tennant and Oregon State Police Trooper William Hakim. The court also upheld the Turnidges' convictions for the Attempted Aggravated Murder and assault of both Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell (Retired) and Laurie Perkett, an employee of the West Coast Bank injured in the December 12, 2008 bombing. State v. Turnidge, 359 Or 364 (S059155); State v. Turnidge, 359 Or 507 (S059156).
The convictions and death sentences were handed down by a unanimous jury verdict in December of 2010 after a three and a half month long trial in Marion County Circuit Court. The case was presided over by Marion County Circuit Court Judge Thomas M. Hart. Oregon law then required the Supreme Court to directly review the verdicts and sentences of death for any legal errors in the trial court.
Today's decision reinforces the justice and fairness of the trial process and of the jury's verdicts and sentences.
Robber Gordon Davis sentenced to life with a minimum of 35 years - 05/03/16
At sentencing this morning before the honorable Judge Thomas Hart, Robert Gordon Davis, 32 years old, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 35 years before he is eligible for parole. Davis previously entered pleas of guilty to Murder with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person on April 25, 2016.
To reach the 35-year sentence, which is greater than the 25-year minimum, the judge found that the defendant was persistently involved in similar crimes based on his previous convictions for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault IV, Attempt Assault IV, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Attempt Assault of a Public Safety Officer, and Strangulation.
This murder charge stemmed from a shooting on May 29, 2015 at 3184 Surfwood Dr NE, Salem, that caused the death of 24-year-old Jose Garcia-Roldan. Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff's Office determined that the defendant was standing in front of the Surfwood residence when he shot six times at the victim, who was standing in his doorway. One shot struck the victim and the other five hit the house. The victim was transported to Salem Hospital where he remained on life support for 15 days.
Investigators also determined that two of the bullets that struck the building penetrated the exterior walls and passed through the living room. There were four persons inside that living room at the time of the shooting. This included: two friends of the victim, who were then 16 and 17 years old, as well as the victim's 23-year-old wife and their 6-month-old child.
The investigation revealed that both the defendant and the victim were involved in gangs and the shooting was related to a gang dispute. The defendant was captured five days after the shooting by the Marion County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Salem Police Department Gang Enforcement Unit.