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Lukus Glenn’s parents testify at wrongful death trial

The Oregonian/fileA memorial took shape in front of the Glenn home in Tigard, where Lukus Glenn was shot to death by police.
Lukus Glenn’s parents watched as police pelted the 18-year-old with beanbag rounds and riddled him with gunshots. When his body landed on their porch, they stared in horror through a picture window.Brad and Hope Glenn, who are suing Washington County and two of its deputies over the 2006 fatal shooting, gave emotional testimony in his wrongful death trial this week in Portland’s federal court.Brad Glenn, 49, told jurors he instructed his wife to dial 9-1-1 about 3 a.m. Sept. 16, 2006, as they struggled to talk sense into their son, who was drunk, holding a pocket knife and threatening suicide.”We need more people here,” he testified. “We need more assistance.”Sheriff’s Deputy Mikhail Gerba was screaming commands and pointing his Glock when he approached the teen outside the family’s Metzger home, Brad Glenn testified. Deputy Timothy Mateski showed up next.Brad Glenn said the deputies shouted at his son, “‘Drop the knife, you’re going to (expletive) die, we’re going to (expletive) kill you,’ over and over.”
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Continuing coverage of the officer-involved shooting of Lukus Glenn in Tigard

His son asked the deputies to stop yelling.”At one time, I told them to stop screaming at him,” he said. “Luke was begging us to make them stop screaming at him.”Deputies had to order the parents to go into the house and close the door several times. Asked why he and his wife didn’t comply and stay inside, Brad Glenn said they were acting in response to the deputies’ actions.”In my mind, they were out of control,” he said. “That’s how you respond to a suicidal kid, [...]

By |August 26th, 2012|News|Comments Off on Lukus Glenn’s parents testify at wrongful death trial|

New wrongful death lawsuit filed in Washington

A hit-and-run crash that killed a good Samaritan, a pregnant woman and her unborn child has drawn a second wrongful death lawsuit — this one to the tune of $ 20 million.
Attorney Gary Dawson on Thursday filed in Knox County Circuit Court a lawsuit on behalf of Stephanie Thornell, whose daughter and unborn grandchild were killed in the May 30 hit-and-run on Washington Pike, against a slew of people, including the alleged hit-and-run driver, his parents, a local bar and a woman whose call for help initiated the fatal encounter.
Curtis Scott Harper, 22, of Franklin, Tenn., is charged with vehicular homicide and related counts in connection with the deaths of Chasity Elaine Thornell, 24, her unborn daughter and good Samaritan Nelzon A. Soto, 45.
Authorities allege Harper was drunk behind the wheel of a 2004 Ford Explorer owned by his parents, Herb and Pam Harper, when he plowed into Soto and Chasity Thornell as they stood on the side of the roadway and kept going.
Soto’s widow filed via defense attorney Gregory P. Isaacs a $ 10 million wrongful death lawsuit in July.
In the most recent lawsuit, Dawson contends that despite Harper’s history of a prior drunken driving conviction and drug use, his parents bought the Explorer for him and allowed him to drive it.
“Plaintiff avers (the Harpers) knew and were fully aware of their son’s drug and alcohol problems but voluntarily chose to provide him with an automobile for his use,” Dawson wrote.
The lawsuit also blames The Hill, a bar in Fort Sanders, alleging employees served Harper booze even though he was clearly intoxicated. The bar’s owner has denied the allegations.
In a surprise move, Dawson [...]

By |August 24th, 2012|News|Comments Off on New wrongful death lawsuit filed in Washington|