A grand jury this week indicted Ian Mackenzie Cranston, a 27-year-old White man, on six prices in connection to the taking pictures final month of 22-year-old Barry Washington Jr., a Black man, Deschutes County District Legal professional John Hummel introduced in a information convention Thursday following Cranston’s arrest.
These prices embody second-degree homicide, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault and two counts of illegal use of a weapon.
Cranston appeared in courtroom Friday and is being held within the Deschutes County Jail with out bond. He has not entered a plea.
In a press release issued to CNN Saturday, Kevin Sali, an lawyer for Cranston, stated, “Indeniable video proof reveals that earlier than Ian Cranston ever drew his weapon, Barry Washington had assaulted him with out provocation, leading to head accidents that required the police to take Mr. Cranston to the hospital the place a mind scan and different procedures needed to be carried out.”
“He complimented her in a respectful method,” Hummel stated, per KTVZ. “She was tremendous again. She stated, ‘No, thanks. I am flattered however I am in a relationship.”
Nevertheless, Cranston was “not glad,” Hummel stated. “He stated some phrases to Mr. Washington. Mr. Washington stated some phrases again,” Hummel stated. “There was some pushing, some jostling, some punches thrown, however then it calmed down. It was not going to get out of hand. Then Mr. Cranston pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot and killed Mr. Washington.”
Whereas Cranston is White and Washington is Black, Hummel didn’t search a hate crime cost, he stated, telling reporters he felt prosecutors had inadequate proof to make the case presently. Nevertheless, the case stays beneath investigation.
“If we acquire ample proof to show that this taking pictures was a minimum of partially motivated by race, we are going to return to that grand jury and ask them so as to add the cost,” he stated.
“It’s believed that the preliminary interplay between Barry and Mr. Cranston started when Barry complimented Mr. Cranston’s girlfriend,” Hummel stated. “Our nation has a disgraceful historical past of denigrating, prosecuting and lynching Black males for speaking to White ladies. During the last week, actually a whole lot of individuals referred to as and emailed me to remind me of this historical past.”
Cranston’s lawyer took challenge with Hummel’s feedback on the information convention, saying in his assertion, “After the proof comes out at trial, I belief somebody will ask the District Legal professional why he intentionally infected the group with statements he knew weren’t supported by any proof.”
After the announcement of the costs, Washington’s mom, Lawanda Roberson, posted on Fb that, “That is actually overwhelming,” and that she hadn’t even begun to grieve.
“The authorized case is rather a lot … all whereas making an attempt to put my son to relaxation,” she stated.