Judge declines to move trial of train attack suspect

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has declined to move the trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing two men on a Portland light-rail train in 2017.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Multnomah County Circuit Judge Cheryl Albrecht said Monday she thought it was reasonable to go forward with jury selection in the Jeremy Christian’s June trial.

She said if it becomes clear that an impartial jury can’t be seated, she can then rule the trial must be moved to a different Oregon county.

Defense attorney Greg Scholl had argued that residents have learned details about Christian’s life and the killings that will be inadmissible during trial and that a jury could be prejudiced by use of the word “heroes” in reports describing those who died.

Christian is accused of spewing hate speech at two black teens on the train, and then stabbing three men who intervened.

Christian has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.