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A Trial is set to begin next week, and for A Christian, who has been accused of killing two men who tried to intervene when he began to shout racist remarks to the board of the Portland, ore., and the train ride about three years ago — an incident that highlighted and encouraged in white nationalism, in the liberal city.
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Christian, 37, has pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder, attempt to murder, robbery and other crimes in connection with the case. The prosecutors are claiming he shouted racial and anti-Muslim, bows to the two young female passengers, including a Somali immigrant, who was wearing an Islamic head scarf.
As the eruption continued, Christian picked up a passenger Taliesin Namkai-Meche’s cell phone and threw it on the ground. The authorities said one of the passengers, Micah Fletcher, who is white, stood up to intervene and got into a pushing match with Christian, who is a muslim and the men have to “do something” in order to get him to stop, according to court documents.
Christian took out a folding knife and stabbed Fletcher, 21, and Namkai-Meche, 23, prosecutors said. Authorities say he was also stabbed, and a third passenger, Ricky’s the Best, 53, who tried to intervene. Namkai-Meche, and it’s Best to have died at the location of the stab wounds to the neck. Fletcher was seriously injured, but survived.
– In this 2017, in the photo, A Christian cries out as he is being sued in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Ore. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP Pool, File)
The Christian men dressed in 11 times in 11 seconds, officials said. He later told a court-appointed psychologist that he felt like he was on “automatic pilot.” Using Surveillance video and cell phone cameras recorded the incident.
Jury selection is set to begin on Tuesday. The trial is scheduled for Jan. 28.
The plug’ racially charged context, it was a huge blow for Portland, which prides itself on its liberal and progressive reputation, but it also struggles with a past that includes, in the limit where the black families lived, and the neo-Nazi community that is so anchored that it has ever had the nickname “Skinhead City.” The death came weeks after a black teenager was run over and killed by a white supremacist in a Portland suburb’s parking lot.
“The stitch is being felt deeply around the Building because so many people were able to imagine themselves on a train,” Lindsay Schubiner, program director at Western States Center, which tracks hate groups, told The Associated Press. “It felt like an attack on the city.”
In his first appearance after the 2017 cross, Christian, and shouted to reporters, “Death to the enemies of America,” and “You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism. You hear me?” To die,” and Portland’s KGW reported. One of the bail hearing, and he flashed a “Don’t Tread On Me” sticker in the courtroom in the direction of the Bastion, which now bears a visible scar in the back of his neck, the Oregon Live reported.
Pictures and video have surfaced, showing that Christian had recently attended and spoke at a rally organised by a right-wing extremist group, the so-called Patriot Prayers, to which the periodical and political events, which have already caused tension in the city. He was caught on camera making a Nazi salute while wearing an American flag around his neck, and a baseball bat. On Facebook, be fruitful messages to beat Portland as the place is so politically correct that its right to freedom of expression was constantly under attack.
But, as a Christian, and denied that he was a white supremacist, in his interview with the mental health evaluator, and told him, he reacted violently because he felt that he was being beaten up, just like he had been attacked while in prison, The Associated Press reported, citing court documents. A mental health evaluation by a court-six months after the attack, he said, showed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, social dysfunction, reinforced by stints in prison.
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Christian has been charged with assault and menacing for shouting slurs and throwing a bottle at a black woman in a different light-rail train on the day before the pitch. A judge last year dismissed the charges of aggravated murder, a potential death-penalty offense, for a new Oregon law that narrows the definition of aggravated murder.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.