The Facebook page of the suspect, Jeremy Joseph Christian, revealed disturbing, murderous thoughts, anti-Zionist rants, and his attendance at neo-Nazi rallies.
According to the Daily Mail, on Tuesday, the suspected white supremacist was arraigned in court on several charges, including:
- Two counts of aggravated murder
- Attempted murder
- Two counts of second-degree intimidation
- Being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon
Christian's disturbing statements didn't end with the anti-Muslim rant he delivered on the train. In court, he showed his true colors.
Christian was dressed in a blue jumpsuit and flanked by two officers. As he approached the microphone from behind a glass partition, he yelled:
“Free speech or die, Portland. You got no safe place. This is America, get out if you don't like free speech.”
Officers tightened their grip on his arms as he added, “Death to the enemies of America. Leave this country if you hate our freedom.” Christian also called for “Death to Antifa.”
The 35-year-old seemed entirely unfazed by the fact that one of his victims, 21-year-old Micah Fletcher, was sitting in the front row with a large scar visible on his neck:
Before being escorted from the courtroom, Christian responded to a booing crowd with one final, solidifying, statement:
“You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism. You hear me? Die.”
CNN reported that a Multnomah County grand jury will consider additional charges and that federal authorities are deciding whether he will also be prosecuted for hate crimes. His next court appearance will take place on June 7.
According to CNN, video from his arrest shows Christian telling officers, “I can die in prison a happy man.” However, he may not get the chance to, as aggravated murder charges carry a maximum penalty of death. Although, as CNN noted, Oregon hasn't executed a prisoner in over 20 years.