Ore. officer describes aftermath of bank bomb during testimony at dad-son murder trial

By Jeff Barnard, AP
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ore. officer describes aftermath of bank bombing

SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon police detective broke down in tears as he testified about finding the bodies of two officers and a police chief whose leg was nearbly blown off in an explosion at a bank.

Detective Nick Wilson described the muffled explosion during the first day of testimony Thursday in the murder trial of Bruce Turnidge and his son, Joshua.

The two have blamed each other for the 2008 explosion that killed a state police bomb technician and a Woodburn police captain, and maimed the Woodburn police chief.

The Turnidges are accused of building and planting a bomb at a Woodburn bank. Authorities say the remotely controlled bomb was inadvertently triggered by a nearby trucker on his CB radio.

Earlier Thursday, prosecutors played security videos that showed the two officers bending over the bomb in the bank lobby, followed by billowing smoke.

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