Central Oregon Daily▶️ Ian Cranston murder trial in death of Barry Washington Jr. begins

▶️ Ian Cranston murder trial in death of Barry Washington Jr. begins

▶️ Ian Cranston murder trial in death of Barry Washington Jr. begins

Judge Beth Bagley

The murder trial for Ian Cranston, the man accused of shooting and killing Barry Washington Jr. in downtown Bend last year, opened Thursday afternoon with opening statements in front of the jury.

Cranston is accused of shooting Washington, 22, on the sidewalk at NW Oregon Ave. and NW Wall St. after an argument early on Sept. 19, 2021.

Cranston has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault, and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Before the jury was brought in Thursday, the morning was spent with attorneys on both sides making motions for evidence they wanted included in the trial and what they wanted thrown out.

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In the morning session Thursday, Judge Beth Bagley granted a protection order submitted by the attorney for Washington’s mother, Lawanda Roberson. The motion protested the use of certain cell phone records in the case.

The records showed texts referring to other people as “blood,” which the defense was planning to use to imply that Washington was part of the bloods gang. 

Prosecutor Michael Swart provided the data from the phone to defense attorney Kevin Sali. But the search warrant was only for location data. Swart instead provided the entire contents of the phone to Sali, which allowed him to discover those texts.

Judge Bagley granted the protection order since the information that was released was outside of the court warrant.

Police body cam video will also be allowed to be used in the trial, Bagley ruled. The video is meant to show Cranston’s actions directly after the shooting. The defense did not want the video shown in court.

Bagley also granted a motion to ban mention of any kind of punishment or sentencing during the trial. A trial memorandum to exclude certain testimony was also granted.

Sheriff’s Office security presence increased at courthouse

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday it will have additional personnel at the courthouse throughout the trial.

“DCSO is aware of the public’s interest in the process and future outcome of this trial. The Sheriff’s Office respects the rights of those wishing to peacefully protest. While respecting the right to peacefully protest, DCSO will be monitoring activities inside and outside of the courthouse and will hold those accountable that choose to break the law,” DCSO said in a statement.

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