Man accused of fatal 2017 MAX stabbing, now suspected of assaulting black inmate in jail

FILE--In this May 30, 2017, file pool photo, Jeremy Christian shouts as he is arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Ore. Many Portland residents say they love their city's reputation for political dissent but are dismayed it has become a spotlight for violence. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, Pool, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The man accused of fatally stabbing two people on a Portland MAX train after hurling racial insults at two girls in 2017 is now also accused of assaulting a black inmate, according to court documents.

An indictment filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on July 30 says Jeremy Christian is charged with fourth-degree assault.

The document says the assault occurred on July 29. It says Christian caused physical harm to Aundre Dupree Mills.

Christian was arraigned July 30. His next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 7.

Mills was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on May 17, 2018 for two counts of attempted aggravated harassment. His projected release date is Feb. 22, 2019.

Christian is booked on murder, assault, and other charges.

He is accused of stabbing three people on a MAX train at the Hollywood Transit Center on May 26, 2017.

Authorities say Christian started verbally abusing two young women, including one wearing a hijab.

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, Ricky Best and Micah Fletcher intervened. Namkai Meche and Best were killed in the attack. Fletcher was seriously wounded but recovered.

Christian’s trial will begin in June 2019.

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