Jeremy Christian trial: A day of motions, no witnesses

MAX Attack Trial

Witness testimony won't resume until Monday when the defense starts their case

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys returned to court for a little more than an hour Thursday morning, the eighth day of trial proceedings in the murder trial of Jeremy Christian, the accused killer of two people on a MAX Green Line in 2017.

No jurors were present for the brief court appearance. Rather, it was an opportunity for both sides to discuss motions and other issues now that the prosecution has wrapped up its case.

The defense brought up several issues including arguments against the wording of some of the counts against Christian, a motion to disclose grand jury notes pertaining to the testimony of Demetria Hester and Micah Fletcher, and arguments against the assault charge pertaining to Hester and the intimidation charges pertaining to the two teen girls. The prosecution repudiated all of the defense’s arguments.

Both sides are preparing proposed instructions for the jurors to receive before they deliberate.

Judge Cheryl Albrecht will consider the motions. She also asked for a copy of the video taken at the juror view of a MAX train car to be preserved as part of the record and put under seal. Christian was not allowed to attend the view, but the judge’s order did include the request that it be recorded in case he needed to view it later.

Defense attorney Greg Scholl noted that they plan to call two experts whose testimony could take a while. The other experts and witnesses are expected to be quicker. Scholl also said that, “Christian, should he choose to testify, could be a long witness…”

Witness testimony resumes Monday when the defense begins to present its case. The defense expects to wrap up sometime next Thursday.

The prosecution has a witness subpoenaed for Friday, Feb. 14 so the court could hear closing arguments as soon as Feb. 18 (the day after President’s Day).

THE CHARGES AND THE TRIAL

The trial started January 28 at the Multnomah County Courthouse. Witnesses have provided painful first-hand accounts of what happened on the Green Line train at the Hollywood Transit Center on May 26, 2017.

Jeremy Christian is accused of killing Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Ricky Best and nearly killing Micah Fletcher that day on the train. He has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges: two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree attempted murder, one count of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault, three counts of second-degree intimidation, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of menacing.

Digital reporter Hannah Ray Lambert covers the Jeremy Christian trial for KOIN 6 News and KOIN.com. Follow her on Twitter for constantly-updated, minute-by-minute breakdown of the testimony.

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