In that moment, Fletcher testified, he thought he was dying. He called his mom.
He interrupted the testimony of Demetria Hester, a black woman who had a confrontation with Christian the night before the stabbing.
The defense can try to move the case again if it becomes apparent during jury selection that Christian cannot receive a fair trial.
The killings were one of the most shocking crimes in Portland’s history—and the courts would be hard pressed to find a resident who wasn’t previously familiar with them.
“Let’s fight bigotry and racism and hate inside of each one of us.”
The attack transfixed Portlanders and people across the nation because the train seemed to hold the best and worst of this city.
Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Albrecht set jury selection to begin on June 24, 2019 and the trial should wrap up by July 26, 2019.
The Portland Tribune reported the psychiatric evaluation, which claims Christian did not acknowledge the two teenage girls on the train during his hate-filled rant.
In other news, the wait for Jeremy Christian’s trial continues.