Man accused in Portland stabbings targets victim in outburst

"Suspect in Portland Hate Crime Murders is a Known White Supremacist", in which News Reporter Doug Brown relayed the disturbing history of Jeremy Christian, the man who is accused of stabbing Ricky John Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher on a MAX train on May 26 when the three men intervened on behalf of two young women of color Christian was verbally attacking.

Prosecutors say Christian stabbed the men after yelling hateful comments at two girls, one of whom was wearing an Islamic head covering.

During the court appearance, Christian yelled that he was "Not guilty... of anything but defending myself against violent aggression by Micah Fletcher!". He is charged with two cases of aggravated murder, one case of attempted murder, two cases of second degree intimidation (threating a person due to their race, color, religion, or sexual orientation), and one case of felony possession of a restricted weapon. As the hearing wrapped up, he said, among other things: "You call it terrorism; I call it patriotism!".

Four charges are connected with an unspecified incident the day before the May 26 stabbings, the indictment says.

Two of the three victims died, and the third one is out of danger now, while Christian waits for his appearance on the court. "You hear me? Die".

"He told us to go back to Saudi Arabia and he told us we shouldn't be here, to get out of his country", one of the girls told KPTV.

Dyjuana Hudson, the mother of one of the girls harassed, told The Oregonian her 16-year-old daughter, who is black, boarded the train with a Muslim friend, also a teenager, who was wearing a hijab.

It wasn't immediately clear whether those incidents are related to the unspecified May 25 incident mentioned in Tuesday's indictment.

Christian said at his arraignment that he was transient and "does not know the last time he had a permanent address". Court documents from previous years show he lived with his parents. Namkai-Meche and Best died from wounds to their neck, and the alleged stabbing has prompted charges of aggravated murder, unlawful use of a weapon, and attempted aggravated murder. OR has not executed a prisoner in more than two decades.

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