Free At Last!

On April 5th, 2021, after 8 long years battling a wrongful conviction, Luke Wirkkala was acquitted of all charges. 

Not guilty, not guilty, not guilty! 

Mr. Wirkkala, you’re free to go” – Judge Miller

Welcome home, Luke!!

 

We thank everyone for their support!

On April 5th, 2021, after more than 8 long years battling a wrongful conviction, Luke Wirkkala was acquitted of second-degree murder, manslaughter I and manslaughter II by an overwhelming 10-2 of the jurors of Deschutes County, Oregon. More details will be published to this website shortly

Many of you have already donated to Luke’s legal defense fund, for which he and his family are forever grateful. For those still able to show support during these uncertain times, we’re accepting donations on Luke’s behalf. While money will never make up for the pain and the years lost, we hope it will help ease the transition. 

Link for donations: https://givebutter.com/aztGZR

Welcome home, Luke!

On the night of February 4, 2013, Luke Wirkkala was violently attacked by a drunk, sexual predator in his own home while Luke’s family slept nearby.

Luke became a victim again at the hands of a justice system with an agenda – to convict Luke Wirkkala of murder at all costs. Regardless of evidence that clearly shows Luke was protecting his family and acting in self-defense on the night he fatally shot the man who had just attacked him.

In June 2014 Luke was tried and wrongly convicted in Deschutes County for the murder. In 2018, his conviction was overturned by the Oregon Court of Appeals. At this time Luke remains behind bars, awaiting a retrial.

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Luke’s retrial is scheduled for March 17, 2021.

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Bring Luke Wirkkala home.

Luke’s family need your help to right the many injustices and bring him home to his family. To his life.

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The National Sexual Violence Resource Center reports that more than half of male sexual assault victims reported being assaulted by an acquaintance. This was the case for Luke Wirkkala who had only recently met his attacker when he was assaulted.

“1 in 71 men in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration, or alcohol/drug facilitated completed penetration.”

Join the silent protest on March 6 at Bend Courthouse.

Join us in bringing awareness to the citizens of Deschutes County of the injustice that was obvious in the first trial surrounding Luke’s case.

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Don’t let Luke’s story become just another statistic.

Luke could be your son, brother or friend.

Luke is a normal Oregon guy who, when in a horrific situation, defended himself and his young family and has been in prison since that awful night.

Luke Wirkkala, a journalist and Magna Cum Laude Graduate from Washington State University is widely considered to be a dependable, kind, and smart young man. Ask around the community he lived in and with the people he has interacted with throughout his life and you won’t find anyone with a bad word to say about Luke.

Those who know Luke well will tell you that he’s the person you want in your corner when you’re in trouble: a great mediator and someone with an uncanny ability to de-escalate situations. His friends, family, teachers, and colleagues say that Luke was never a fighter, nor aggressive, or violent. But when Luke witnessed an injustice, he intervened appropriately to protect those around him.

In 2013 Luke was called to do just that: protect his family and himself from a violent, drunk, sexually predator. But Luke and his wife Rachel didn’t know this about David when they invited him to the 2013 Super Bowl viewing at a local bar. Luke’s attacker was simply a recent acquaintance who Luke and Rachel showed kindness to. But that night, the man sexually assaulted and strangled an intoxicated Luke in his living room.

Rachel, her young son, and nephew were asleep in nearby bedrooms. Luke was woken during the violent sexual assault, to defend himself and his family from further attack, ran for his shot gun. He ejected a warning round, and told him to leave. The attacker then charged Luke. Luke fatally shot his attacker defending himself and his family.

The events can only be described as an act of self-defense. The kind of thing any of us hope we’ll never have to do but something any one of us would do to protect our family and ourselves. Like us, if you were put in a horrible situation like that, you would expect the justice system to recognize you acted in self-defense.

Luke could be your brother, your son, your partner. Luke’s story could be your story which is why we ask you to stand with us to fight to free Luke, because a sexual assault victim should not be in prison for defending themself.

Luke stood up to protect himself and his family against lethal force and is in jail awaiting a retrial, seeking justice and freedom.

You can help to right the injustices and bring Luke Wirkkala home to his family.

How will you show your support?

Direct everyone you know to this website.

Share Luke's Story

Share links to Luke’s story on social media among your friends and family because Luke has suffered injustice long enough and your voice helps.

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Add your name to the petition.

Change.org Petition

A Change.org petition to Kate Brown the Oregon Governor has over 2300 signatures seeking Luke’s release from prison. Your voice and sharing the petition with your friends and family will help free Luke.

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Contact the District Attorney

Our District Attorney is an elected official, representing us. If, like us, you feel strongly that Luke should be freed and returned to his family please contact the DA by phone, email, Twitter, or make an appointment.

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Imagine Luke were your brother, your son.

Contribute to the Fighting Fund

Your donation to support our efforts to free Luke are hugely appreciated. The last 7 years have been incredibly stressful for Luke’s family. Your financial support will ensure Luke’s story is spread widely and, God willing, results in Luke being acquitted at retrial.

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Blog

January 14, 2021

Silent Protest, March 6, at Bend Courthouse, Bend, Oregon

January 13, 2021 in Supporters Stories

Steve McConnell Supports Bid to Free Luke Wirkkala

I have known Luke Wirkkala for almost 15 years. I’m married to his sister, and Luke is a wonderful brother-in-law. My wife and I lived in Washington when Luke lived…
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November 16, 2020 in Evidence, Justice, Luke Wirkkala

Strangulation Expert: Strangulation Assessments Are a Must

Written by Heather Brand, an expert witness on strangulation. This article makes it clear why the Deschutes County prosecutor Mary Anderson was socially and morally irresponsible when she downplayed the…
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November 14, 2020 in Justice, Luke Wirkkala

Luke Wirkkala’s Retrial Start Date

A date and venue have been set for Luke's retrial.  The details are; Date of Trial -  16 Mar 2021 Venue: Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center 3800 SW, SE…
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August 16, 2020 in Justice, Luke Wirkkala

Strangulation is lethal force justifying self defense

I was a corrections officer for 20 years when I found out my brother had shot and killed someone. I was at the airport, on the way home from a…
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