PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The man accused of killing two passengers and wounding a third on a Portland train last month appeared in court on Wednesday morning to be arraigned on an indictment returned Tuesday.
In court, Jeremy Christian appeared briefly and shouted “Not guilty of anything but defending myself against violent aggression by Micah Fletcher.”
Fletcher, the surviving victim, was in court for the hearing.
The judge did not ask Christian for a plea at the two-minute hearing, but court records filed later show not guilty pleas entered on his behalf.
Watch the entire court appearance
The indictment returned Tuesday charges Christian with aggravated murder, attempted murder, assault, menacing, intimidation and unlawful use of a weapon.
Prosecutors say 35-year-old Christian boarded the train May 26 and yelled hateful comments at two black teenage girls, one of whom was wearing an Islamic head covering called a hijab. Prosecutors say he then turned his attention to three men, stabbing each of them in the neck.
Four charges in the 15-count indictment are from an incident that happened a day before the killings, when authorities say Christian had a confrontation with a black woman at a train station.
Christian’s next court date is July 18.