Bend murder suspect Ian Cranston pleads not guilty as community members gather at the courthouse

(Update: added video, comment from victim’s mother, community members)

The dates for the trial and hearing of the Barry Washington Jr. shooting motion to be set for Friday

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A man from Bend charged with murder and other charges in the shooting death of Barry Washington Jr. in September on the street of downtown Bend pleaded not guilty on Tuesday as members of the community gathered in front of the courthouse to demand justice.

Due process continues in the search for justice as those involved prepare for a trial for the murder of Barry Washington Jr. It has been almost two months since an altercation arose in downtown Bend on September 19, leaving one dead and one behind bars.

Kevin Sali, lawyer for Ian Cranston, 27, pleaded not guilty on behalf of his client to second degree murder, first and second degree manslaughter, first degree assault and two counts of accusation use of a weapon. Cranston participated by video from Deschutes County Jail, where he has been held without bail since early October.

Circuit Judge Beth Bagley for Tuesday’s indictment has scheduled another hearing for Friday at 3 p.m. to set dates for Cranston’s trial and a hearing on the motions.

News of the not guilty plea spread outside the courthouse to those listening to the virtual hearing.

Members of the community, led by peacekeepers from central Oregon, gathered outside the courthouse during the hearing and then proceeded to the Washington Memorial at the scene of the shooting, known as of “Barry’s Corner”.

While District Attorney John Hummel has said he does not have sufficient evidence to seek a bias felony charge against Cranston, some community members who gathered on Tuesday take a different view.

Eli Prather, a resident of Bend, said he did not believe Cranston would be convicted of murder.

“Because he is pleading not guilty, maybe he could get away with it because, again, white man, white lawyers,” Prather told NewsChannel 21 on Tuesday.

Calcifer Boyd, another resident of Bend, shares this sentiment.

“It’s ridiculous and insane, to me, that someone who literally shot the gun that killed Barry is even trying to plead not guilty at all,” Boyd said.

During the hearing, prosecutors asked the judge to schedule an eight-day trial. The dates will be determined on Friday.

“I don’t think it’s good,” Boyd said. “Especially after all with the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, I wouldn’t make him pass the lawyer and I won’t make him pass Ian and whatever their plan to defend themselves.”

Washington’s mother Lawanda Roberson made a brief statement on Tuesday, through a Portland attorney.

“Our family is devastated by Barry’s murder,” she said. “As a mother, I can truly say that part of me has been taken.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the people of central Oregon and appreciate the memorial maintained for Barry Jr. He was truly loved and will not be forgotten.

“We choose not to make further public statements about what led to Barry’s murder until we have a chance to review all of the evidence and until it does not affect the criminal process. “said Roberson.

Carly Keenan has contacted Kevin Sali, Cranston’s attorney, but he declined to comment.

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