On Thursday, a grand jury in Oregon indicted a Redmond man for second-degree murder and other offenses.
In September in Bend, Oregon, Ian Mackenzie Cranston, 27, is accused of shooting Barry Khristiano Washington, a 22-year-old Black man.
Cranston was arrested after a grand jury indictment in Deschutes County, and arraigned on Friday. Cranston was detained on suspicion of second-degree murder, first- and second-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, and two charges of unauthorized use of a firearm, according to Bend Police.
Cranston, who is white, is not being charged with a bias crime, according to District Attorney John Hummel. Cranston’s mother, Lawanda Roberson, “thanked God” after learning of the jury’s decision, he said at a press conference, according to KTVZ.
Washington and Cranston had never met before the shooting on Sept. 19, according to Hummel, but the interaction started when Washington approached Cranston’s girlfriend outside of the Capitol pub in Bend. At the moment Cranston fired a single shot, Washington was unarmed.
Despite the lack of prejudice allegations, Hummel referred to the encounter as a racial incident.
“Our society has a dreadful history of demonizing, persecuting, and lynching Black men who speak with white women. Hundreds of individuals have called and written me in the last week to remind me of this history,” Hummel added. “There needs to be a reckoning with race in Central Oregon, and it needs to happen now.”
Allison Butler, Cranston’s girlfriend, released video of the events leading up to the shooting. The video is shaky and shows shoving and pushing. Following a gunshot, Washington recoils and spends roughly a minute on the ground.
“The punches had stopped, and there was just some ranting,” Hummel previously stated. “At that point, Cranston took a revolver from his belt and fired a shot.” Cranston, according to Hummel, aided Washington.
Cranston was detained at the scene around midnight following the shooting, but he made bail and were released hours later, causing anxiety and resentment in the community.
Cranston’s use of the weapon, according to Hummel, has “no justification.”
Cranston is still being held in county jail without bond and is due in court on Oct. 5. The date of his plea hearing is set for Dec. 6.
After some Black people reported they were intimidated in the town after Washington’s death, it sparked a discussion about racism in Bend. Washington’s family has gathered more than $55,000 through a GoFundMe page.
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