A verdict has been reached in the Jeremy Christian MAX stabbings trial: guilty on all charges.
Christian had been accused of fatally stabbing two men and wounding a third on board a MAX train in 2017. Deliberations began Thursday, February 20, three weeks after the trial began. Christian has been found guilty of:
- Two counts of murder in the first degree
- One count of attempted murder in the first degree
- Two counts of assault
- Three counts of intimidation in the second degree
- Two counts of menacing
- Two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.
In a statement and on Twitter, City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Mayor Ted Wheeler reacted to the unanimous verdict. "This trial was not just about [Christian] – it was about our justice system and how it tackles hate and racism, or doesn’t," said Hardesty.
Over the past several weeks, the Jeremy Christian trial has brought up a lot of trauma for those who witnessed the violence, family and friends of the victims, and those who have been on the receiving end of racism and hate (A thread) https://t.co/tyXuC639Mh— Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty (@JoAnnPDX) February 21, 2020
The conviction won’t fully take away the pain inflicted on the families, friends and loved ones of the victims in the MAX attack, but the hope is that they find relief in the legal justice that was served today.— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) February 22, 2020
Portland Monthly is remembering the days following the heinous act, when Portlanders decorated Hollywood MAX Station with photos and chalk art. The station has since been repainted as a colorful tribute to the tragedy.
Portland Monthly will update this article as information surfaces.