Juror in 2010 bank bombing trial questions her role in case
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A member of the jury that convicted a father and son in 2010 for a bank bombing says she abused prescription pain pills during the trial and may have improperly influenced other jurors.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that juror Tasha Hobbs wrote to the court last month saying she wouldn’t have reached the same verdict if presented with the evidence today.
Bruce and Joshua Turnidge were convicted of aggravated murder for a bank bombing in Woodburn. The 2008 blast killed a state police bomb technician who was trying to dismantle the explosive and a Woodburn police captain who was helping.
Hobbs’ letter has been turned over to the judge involved in the Turnidges’ appeals process.
Mike Charlton, a lawyer representing Bruce Turnidge, says he wants to talk to Hobbs to see how she might affect the case.
The Turnidges are among more than 30 people on Oregon’s death row.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com