'Free speech or die': Portland stabbing suspect yells in court

Jeremy Joseph Christian stabbed three people on a train in Portland on Friday.

Detective Michele Michaels says in a probable cause affidavit made public Tuesday that the videos include audio of Christian, 35, spewing racial and religious epithets during the attack that killed two men and wounded a third.

The affidavit also claimed Christian could be be heard on surveillance video in a police patrol vehicle admitting to stabbing three people in the neck.

"Leave this country if you hate our freedom", he said Tuesday, towards the end of his arraignment.

According to The Oregonian, a witness to the stabbings said Namkai-Meche's last words before being taken away by paramedics were, "Tell everyone on this train I love them".

A flower and message are shown at a memorial in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, May 30, 2017, for the victims who were fatally stabbed while trying to stop a man from shouting anti-Muslim insults at two young women on a Portland light-rail train.

Jeremy Joseph Christian is accused of stabbing to death Ricky Best, 53, and Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23.

The mother of one of the targets of the rant said she was overwhelmed with gratitude and sadness for the strangers who died defending her daughter, 16-year-old Destinee Mangum.

Fletcher and the two men who died have been called heroes for intervening.

Christian was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on three felony murder charges, one felony assault charge, three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanour counts of intimidation. Wheeler urged organizers to cancel a "Trump Free Speech Rally" in Portland and other similar events next weekend, saying they are inappropriate and could be risky.

A white supremacist charged with the murder of two men shouted "death to the enemies of America" as he appeared in court for the first time. I call it patriotism! A stranger intervened, telling Christian he couldn't disrespect the girls in such a way, she said.

Christian's next court appearance will be on June 7.

The defendent told police that he has no mental health issues, no income and can not recall the last time he had a permanent address. Fletcher was stabbed first in the neck then Namkai-Meche was stabbed twice, also in the neck. Two of them died. His wound was within millimeters of being fatal, court documents say. In Oregon, aggravated murder is punishable by execution, but the state has not carried out one in more than two decades, CNN reported. "He threatened me and tons of people", Joey Gibson said.

Meanwhile, video showed Christian grabbing his belongings and leaving the train, according to the affidavit.

Police have been investigating his alleged extremist ideology, while his Facebook page is filled with anti-Semitic comments and other evidence of his views.

  • Zachary Reyes