Jeremy Christian murder trial won't start until summer 2019
The trial for Jeremy Christian, accused of killing two people and wounding a third on a MAX train in May, won't begin for about 18 months.
Jury selection is set to begin June 24, 2019, in a nod to arguments from Christian's defense attorneys. Prosecutors wanted the trial to be closer to fall 2018.
The judge selected summer 2019 because of the issues and complexities in the case, which is expected to last several weeks. Another reason is because the public defenders currently are involved in multiple capital cases.
The May 26 confrontation led to the deaths of Reed College grad Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Happy Valley resident Ricky Best, as well as the wounding of Micah Fletcher.
Christian, wearing handcuffs and chains during this procedural court appearance Dec. 15, remained silent throughout — a departure from previous court appearances.
He recently underwent a psychological evaluation, parts of which were released in a bail hearing last month.
In a report prepared for the defense, psychologist Mark Cunningham wrote that Christian said his actions in stabbing three passengers came while he was on "autopilot," propelled by a sense of vulnerability and fear of physical attack, which caused "the triggering of prison survival responses" he'd learned during his earlier eight-year stint behind bars, much of it in solitary confinement.