DA Mike Schmidt Announces Grand Jury Indictment of Rahnique Jackson in Stabbing Death of Colin Smith

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a grand jury indicted Rahnique Usef Jackson, 24, on three charges relating to the recent stabbing death of Colin Smith, 32, in the Buckman neighborhood:

  1. Murder in the Second Degree
  2. Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  3. Bias Crime in the Second Degree

On July 2 at 1:49 a.m., Portland Police Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report that someone was stabbed in the 1400 block of Southeast 12th Avenue. When they arrived, they located an adult male deceased at the scene. The victim was later identified as Colin Smith, and the medical examiner determined he died of homicide by stabbing. The suspect, Jackson, fled the scene and was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Service on July 7. 

Jackson is scheduled to be arraigned on July 18, at which time he will enter a plea. Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeff Auxier and Deputy District Attorney Branden Meadows are the prosecutors assigned to this case.  

A charging instrument is only an accusation of a crime. Jackson is innocent unless and until proven guilty.