Jeremy Christian to assault victim: 'I'm the victim'
Jeremy Christian — the man accused of killing two people in a race-fueled attack on a MAX train — was removed from the courtroom Friday after shouting at a victim in a previous crime.
During the April 26 hearing, Demetria Hester told the judge not to delay the trial, something his lawyers filed a motion for late Thursday. She said Christian threw a bottle at her and verbally assaulted her on a MAX train, prompting her to mace him. The incident happened the day before police said he stabbed three people, killing two and severely wounding the third.
Before Christian's outburst, Hester asked the judge, "Why are we, the victims, having to come to you?"
She added that justice is supposed to be for the victims and all the victims want "peace and closure."
Christian starting shouting as Hester spoke.
"Manufactured. You guys can [inaudible]. I don't care. I'm the victim. You're on video macing me. Liar, liar. You're not the only black person on the MAX, manufacturing hate crimes. You liar. You're on video you liar," Christian yelled.
Christian was taken out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
Christian's lawyers filed a motion asking to delay his trial, which is currently scheduled to start on June 24. His lawyers said they need more time to prepare for the trial and for the settlement negotiations, which are expected to start May 13. The negotiations could void the need for a trial.
It's unclear how long of a postponement Christian's lawyers are asking for.
Christian is accused of fatally stabbing Ricky Best and Taliesin Namkai-Meche on a MAX train on May 26, 2017. A third passenger — Micah Fletcher — was stabbed in the neck, but survived.
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