Portland, Or. – A Multnomah County judge has agreed to delay the start of Jeremy Christian’s aggravated murder trial until January. It had been set to begin in late June. His attorneys sought the delay because they say they need more time to prepare and cited his right to due process. There is also concern a change in state law concerning Measure 11 crimes lawmakers are considering could impact his case.
Christian is accused of stabbing to death two men on a MAX train in 2017 and injuring another man. Representatives of the victims told the judge they are against the delay. Demetria Hesler, who says Christian threw a bottle of Gatorade at her the day before the deadly attacks, also urged the trial begin in June. As to the delay, she said “white privilege has had a pass right now. This wouldn’t be the case if he was black and I was white.”