PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A new court filing shows the man accused of stabbing three men, killing two of them, on a Portland MAX train in 2017 plans to use his mental health as a defense.
Jeremy Christian appeared in court Friday morning following the noticed filed Thursday by attorneys that says he will rely on the defense of “mental disease or defect”. Christian’s attorney also says he was suffering from an “extreme emotional disturbance” at the time of the May 2017 attack.
Christian is awaiting trial and is accused of yelling hate speech at two young women, one of whom was wearing a hijab; police say Christian stabbed three men who tried to intervene. Investigators said he killed Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, of Portland.
Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, of Portland, was also stabbed and seriously injured, but he survived.
Christian, who has been previously convicted of multiple felonies, made repeated outbursts in court following his arrest on murder charges.
He is also charged with attacking an inmate behind bars last summer.
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