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Update: Charges Added for Second Arrested Suspect; Arraignment Information
12/17/2008
The following information is from the Marion County District Attorney's Office:
 
On Tuesday, December 16, 2008, the interagency team investigating the killing of two Oregon police officers, critical injury to a police chief and injury to a bank employee, arrested a second person in connection with the crime.
 
It was announced earlier today that Bruce Turnidge, age 57 of rural Salem, was arrested for the crimes of Conspiracy to Manufacture an Explosive Device and Conspiracy to Possess an Explosive Device. Mr. Turnidge is the father of Joshua Turnidge, who was arrested on Sunday night, December 14, 2008.
 
Bruce Turnidge has now been lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility for the following crimes: Manufacture of a Destructive Device, Possession of Destructive Device, Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder, two counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder, and six counts of Aggravated Murder. The change from earlier is the result of a careful review by the interagency team of the totality of evidence in the case.
 
Bruce Turnidge will be arraigned on Thursday, December 18, 2008, at 8:00 a.m at the Marion County Court Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Hwy, Salem, Oregon. The defendant will be personally present in court, not on video. The Court will allow only 1 video camera in the courtroom; media agencies will be required to share the feed. The Court will allow still cameras but flashes are forbidden and photographers will not be allowed to move about the Courtroom. Any questions on media access to the Courtroom should be referred either to Trial Court Administrator Diane Morse or Court Staff Supervisor Gina Courson.
 
The Court has established the following procedure for tomorrow's arraignment:
 
1. Seating:
* No more than fire marshal capacity
* 1 video camera (KGW), 1 person from the Oregonian (small camcorder OR still camera), 1 person from Woodburn Independent Newspaper (still camera), 1 person from Associated Press (still camera), 1 person from Statesman Journal (still camera). All persons with still cameras must remain seated like everyone else.
* Front row shall be reserved for media only, no exceptions
*Family and supporters of the victims of criminal charges before the Court are allowed seating first
* All others shall be on first come, first served basis
* NO standing in the aisles
 
2. There will be no disruptions of any sort (e.g., verbal comments or gestures). Deputies are authorized to remove any who violate this order. If you are asked to leave by a deputy, you must do so immediately.
 

 
Contact:
Courtland Geyer
Deputy District Attorney
Marion County District Attorney's Office