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PORTLAND, Ore. – An Oregon man and his girlfriend accused of intentionally running down a black teen after an altercation face new charges for targeting the victim because of his race.
Court documents show Russell Courtier pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of first- and second-degree intimidation in the death of Larnell Malik Bruce.
Colleen Hunt pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree intimidation.
They had both already pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder last month.
Police say the 19-year-old Bruce and Courtier got into an altercation outside a Gresham, Oregon, 7-Eleven on Aug. 10, and Bruce was armed with a machete.
According to authorities, Courtier then ran down Bruce with his 1991 Jeep Wrangler and targeted him because of his race.
Attorneys for Courtier and Hunt didn't immediately return calls.