Attorneys seek limit on evidence in train stabbing case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Attorneys for the man accused of fatally stabbing two men on a Portland light-rail train last year are seeking to limit evidence and language presented to jurors.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports prosecutors and defense lawyers are working through more than 50 motions during pretrial hearings in a Multnomah County court.

Defense attorneys argued certain evidence and phrasing used in court would deny a fair trial for Jeremy Christian.

Christian has pleaded not guilty to the 15-count indictment that includes two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of Ricky Best and Taliesin Namkai-Meche.

Authorities say Christian stabbed three people aboard a MAX train in May 2017 after they tried to intervene as Christian spewed anti-Muslim threats at two black teenage girls.

A trial has been scheduled for June 2019.