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Jeremy Christian is accused of killing two people and injuring a third in May 2017.

POOL PHOTO: DAVE KILLEN, THE OREGONIAN/OREGONLIVE - Defense attorney Dean Smith, foreground, with his client, Jeremy Christian.

The defense in the Jeremy Christian murder trial attempted Thursday to get some of the charges against him dismissed, as they prepare to begin presenting their case Monday, Feb. 17. This is a common defense tactic in major criminal trials.

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday.

Christian is accused of killing two people and injuring a third in a stabbing attack on a Portland MAX light rail train in May 2017.

Last week, witnesses testified that Christian was shouting racist comments while two black teenage girls — Walia Mohamed and Destinee Mangum — were nearby on the train. Mohamed is Muslim and was wearing a hijab.

Christian also is accused of harassing and assaulting Demetria Hester, an African American woman, on a MAX train the day prior.

He faces a dozen felony and misdemeanor charges, including multiple counts of first-degree murder and intimidation.

See the full story at the OPB website.

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