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Charges dropped in Government Island triple stabbing

Grand jury finds Wilsonville man Brandon Cullen acted in self-defense


by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY JAIL - Brandon Cullen, 36, of Wilsonville, shown in this Multnomah County Jail booking photo, was ruled to have acted in self-defense in a July 5 case in which he allegedly stabbed three people. PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — All charges were dropped against the man who was arrested for stabbing three people at a giant party on Government Island in the early hours of July 5.

Brandon Richard Cullen, 36, of Wilsonville, was arrested after the stabbings happened around 1:45 a.m. that morning He was facing three felony counts.

About 1000 people were at a party with music provided by a DJ on the west end of Government Island after the 4th of July fireworks when the fight broke out.

They found the three wounded victims, all of whom were stabbed multiple times, authorities said. The victims were taken by boat to the shore and then by ambulance to the hospital.

Two men were listed in stable condition, while the third suffered serious injuries, authorities said at the time.

A Multnomah County grand jury on Monday issued a “not true bill” — meaning the case cannot be brought before a bench or jury trial — after hearing from witnesses and examining the evidence.

Though prosecutors are not in the room when the grand jury votes, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said self-defense likely played a role in their decision.

The DA’s office said the incident stemmed from a love triangle. Three men attacked Cullen who then defended himself, the DA’s office said.

Petition to Mayor Hales

Kelsey Jansen, a woman who says her 18-year-old brother was attacked by Cullen the morning of July 5, has started a petition to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, the DA’s office, and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on the free site change.org calling for attempted murder charges against Cullen.

As of 3 p.m. Monday, the petition had 1,975 signatures, 525 short of its goal.

One signatory, Amie Sanders, said in the petition’s comments section she witnessed the attack.

“I assisted in helping these men and this is awful. I thought these men were going to lose their lives. First thing I asked to one of them was who did it and I was told this guy who is getting off,” she wrote.

However, in an email statement, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said the notion that the charges were simply dropped is misleading. Rather, a seven-person grand jury voted to issue a “not true bill” after hearing from witnesses and seeing the evidence.

The only way charges could be brought up again is if a judge ordered a grand jury to reconvene, which is almost unheard of, the DA’s office said.



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