Jury selection underway for high-profile Jeremy Christian trial

MAX Attack Trial

Opening statements in the trial are expected on Jan. 28

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Jury selection is underway for one of the region’s most high profile murder cases in recent memory.

Jeremy Christian is accused of stabbing three men, killing two of them after a race-fueled rant on a Hollywood MAX train back in 2017. Jury selection for this criminal case started at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the Multnomah County Court House, and it’s expected to last through the week, ending in 12 total people selected.

MAX Attack: The Jeremy Christian Trial

Court documents show the deadly rampage began with Christian yelling anti-Muslim slurs at a young woman wearing a hijab. Court papers raise the possibility that Christian’s defense attorney may raise self-defense in court.

They may also raise questions about Christian’s mental health. Meanwhile, prosecutors are expected to argue his intent by presenting evidence from the night before the stabbings — when they say Christian should similar insults at a black woman on a different max train while threatening to stab her. The defense has previously dismissed those arguments.

Opening statements and testimony are expected to start on Jan. 28. KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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