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Lawyers say death penalty no longer applies because the 2019 Oregon Legislature changed the law related to it

PMG FILE PHOTO - Jeremy ChristianAttorneys for the man charged with killing two people on board a Portland light-rail train in 2017 have filed a motion to have the death penalty removed as a sentencing option.

Jeremy Christian's lawyers also have asked that the two counts of aggravated murder be dismissed, because they say the law no longer applies.

Christian is accused of stabbing three men aboard a MAX train in May 2017 when an altercation broke out over alleged hate speech he was directing at two young women on the train. One of the injured men survived. Christian has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Oregon lawmakers changed the definition of aggravated murder this year with Senate Bill 1013, which went into effect Sept. 29. It narrowed the definition of aggravated murder significantly.

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