A jury in central Oregon acquitted one man of murder, but found him guilty for manslaughter in 2021’s shooting death of a Black man in Bend.
Deschutes County District attorney John Hummel stated Wednesday that Ian Cranston was convicted on the charges of first-and second-degree manslaughter and assault in the death Barry Washington Jr.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that Cranston was shot during the incident. Jurors were asked whether Cranston acted in self defense. After a two-week trial, and more than six hours in deliberations, the convictions were reached.
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Washington was shot in the head in downtown Bend on September 19, 2021. The police who responded on the spot arrested Cranston, a white man.
Although the men didn’t appear to have met before the shooting, they fought after Washington complimented Cranston on a woman he was dating. While defense lawyers claimed that Cranston shot Washington out of fear for his safety, prosecutors stated that the fight was over before the shooting took place.
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The killing sparked racial injustice protests during Washington’s trial and at Washington’s time.