State prosecutors oppose bail for MAX murder suspect
PORTLAND, Ore. – State prosecutors are opposing MAX murder suspect Jeremy Christian’s motion to set bail, saying the horrific acts he’s accused of committing and what he was recorded saying after the incident should justify keeping him behind bars.
The prosecution released a memorandum Tuesday outlining their argument.
Prosecutors wrote that they will show Christian intentionally killed Taliesin Namkai Meche and Ricky Best and "that he did so after first instigating and initiating a violent physical confrontation with victim Taliesin Namkai Meche and victim Micah Fletcher and that he fled the scene immediately."
The memo goes on to describe the incident on the MAX train in detail from beginning to end. At first he was heard shouting at two African-American women on the train. He reportedly said things like, "Get the f--- out!" and "Pay Taxes!".
Prosecutors described the confrontation on the train with the victims, the knife he is accused of stabbing them with.
Prosectors also said Christian's post-arrest admissions to police "show that his conduct was willful and intentional."
Christian was recorded speaking in a patrol car after he was taken into custody on May 26, 2017.
In the recording, he said, “Get stabbed in your neck if you hate free speech… I can die in prison a happy man.”
He also said, “I hope they all die. I’m going to say that on the stand. I’m a patriot and I hope everyone stabbed died.”
Christian is accused of stabbing Micah Fletcher, Ricky Best and Taliesin Namkai Meche. Best and Meche died from their injuries.
Oregon State Statutes say that a defendant charged with murder, aggravated murder, or treason can be denied bail when the "proof is evident or the presumption strong that the person is guilty."
Christian's attorneys will oppose the motion to deny bail. He will be in court at 1:30 on Wednesday.