Says Washington ‘committed violent, totally unprovoked assault’
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – The attorney for Ian Cranston, the Redmond man accused in the fatal shooting of Barry Washington Jr. outside a downtown Bend bar, has filed an 11-page motion seeking his client’s release on bail and detailing what he says witnesses and video cameras showed happened that night.
Cranston has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault charges in the Sept. 19 shooting death of the 22-year-old Washington. He’s been held without bail at the Deschutes County Jail, since his re-arrest on the more serious charges, and a November 2022 trial has been set; a motion hearing is set for Tuesday afternoon on the request by Washington’s mother for return of some of his personal items.
Attorney Kevin Sali is seeking a half-day hearing on his motion for Cranston’s release on bail, claiming the evidence in the case “does not meet the high standard established under Oregon constitutional and statutory law for a defendant to be held without bail.”
Sali has claimed since September that his client acted in self-defense after Washington physically attacked Cranston and a friend after they went to the Capitol bar with Cranston’s fiancée.
In the more detailed description of what occurred, based on witness accounts and video footage, Sali said Washington, who also was at the bar, had been “behaving erratically and aggressively,” and that he was intoxicated, with a blood-alcohol level later measured at 0.195%.
He said Washington made obscene comments and gestures to a group of three police officers about a half-hour before he expressed an interest in Cranston’s fiancée, who told him they were engaged, showed him her ring — and that he then gave her a brief hug.
Minutes later, after they all had left the bar, Sali said Washington again verbally propositioned Cranston’s fiancée, and she again declined, at which point the group asked Washington to leave them alone, but he “continued to press the issue” with her.
Shortly after midnight, Sali said, “Washington suddenly and without any provocation attacked Cranston … with two powerful, closed-fist blows to the head,” causing a head injury. The lawyer said “Washington raised his arm and made a series of threatening gestures toward him,” by which time Cranston – who had a concealed handgun license – was holding his gun, and displayed it to Washington to “deter … the assault.”
But the threats continued, he claimed, and Washington “lunged towards (Cranston’s friend) and punched him in the face.”
“Then, Washington turned at and squared toward Cranston, who was standing only a few feet away, with his handgun still drawn and visible,” the motion states. “It was at this point that Cranston finally fired a single shot at Washington. The round struck Washington in his midsection, stopping the assault.”
“Once it became clear that the threat had ended, Cranston immediately moved to Washington and began rendering aid and calling for help,” Sali stated.
The lawyer said the evidence won’t be enough for the state to prove there’s a “strong likelihood” of conviction on a murder charge, or “disproof of self-defense.”
“Washington committed a violent, totally unprovoked assault against Cranston,” Sali wrote. “Washington had absolutely no right or justification to do that. And Cranston had no legal obligation to allow a large, powerful man to continue viciously striking him in the head.”
“After Washington began the assault and gave every indication of an intent to continue it, Cranston had a clear legal right to draw his firearm in an attempt to deter his attacker,” the defense attorney says. “As the indisputable video evidence shows, the single shot was fired only after Washington – having clearly seen that Cranston was armed – disregarded that fact and, completely undeterred, continued his assaultive conduct.”
In a statement to media, Sali added: “On behalf of Mr. Cranston, and particularly in light of the false and inflammatory public statements made previously by the District Attorney’s office, we are immensely grateful that the events of that evening were comprehensively and accurately captured on video by multiple cameras. For our part, we will continue to make our case in court, where it belongs, and based on the evidence, as it should be.”
Hummel has not responded to requests for comment.
Barney is the digital content director for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Barney here.
The videos don’t lie. The news about Washington being a victim is a complete liberal media joke. He was shot in self defense 100%.
So the ‘liberal media’ have all reported in details this description of events from his attorney. Why would we do that if we were as one-sided as you claim? And only one brief video apparently was made public, to a firestorm of criticism.
Our D.A. needs to be fired monday morning. Given the boot out the door.
Unfortunately, he is an elected official and cannot be fired. He is an embarrassment to his profession, repeatedly getting way ahead of the facts in many cases. He is so sorry, that he was passed over for the Oregon Federal Attorney job, even though they had to appoint an Interim, for lack of qualified candidates. Hummell’s goal the past couple of years was to get that job he failed. I hope he does not reconsider his resignation. btw KTVZ’s only bias is their constant coverage of the Washington protests and memorials. They cover almost no local news, except stuff like that. Watch the Sunrise show and you will get 60% National news and feel good stuff, 30% Bob Shaw, and 10% actual local news. We live in a media wasteland.
– you are going on and on about videos you have not seen – that’s a pretty serious emotional investment
The videos are out on other news outlets and on the www. Why do liberal elitists such as yourself assume that people from the BIPOC community do not have access to the web?
Perhaps some additional insights for you?
He’s trying to pull a ritty. He’s about to find out what “Duty to Flee” is the same as Castle Doctrine. You dont get you get to shoot someone for throwing fists.
Hello bare fists can kill people too
Danube are you a bot. Thought about responding differently, but your post is so unintelligible, disjointed and full of self refutation; I can only conclude you’re not a sentient hominid. At best I’ll grant you a point as an anonymuncule.
I have no Duty to Flee. I have the right to “Stand My Ground”. You have no knowledge of our right to self defense. Cranston may or may not have been acting in self defense, but at the end of the day, he has the right to defend himself. If I fear for my life, I can and will pull my carry to defend myself. Even against fists, because even a fist can end a life. You liberals know little about the concept of self defense.
Duty to flee? Castle doctine? You are completely uneducated.
https://giffords.org/lawcenter/state-laws/stand-your-ground-in-oregon/ But a jury of his peers will decide if deadly force was necessary. God help us if a drunk throwing fists is enough to get someone shot and killed.
That is all debatable and will be settled in court. What is clear is that Cranston has never made any attempt to flee, has ties to the community, and, if he had killed a White guy, who had no cadre of media-savvy supporters, would be out on bail in a New York minute.
This young patriot is the hero here. He should be free. The liberal media and liberal cops and DA cant be trusted.
No real patriot would bring a gun to fist fight, he should be made an example of and sent to prison.
I bring a firearm almost everywhere I go. What’s your point?
It’s more likely to get you into trouble than out of trouble.
My point is there are too many stupid people with guns. I find people who brag about their guns to be immature idiots.
How is killing an unarmed man, make someone a Patriot? I will wait for the usual LOW IQ response from a Donny Dump Disciple!
It seems to me that under the previous administration, America was constantly winning. Yet under the present administration we seem to be constantly losing. Aren’t you tired of losing yet? You support the loser in the White House so I guess that makes you’re the one with the low IQ.
Winning what exactly? What did American’s win with that ding a ling trump in office? It truly amazes me the mentality of people who think Donald trump was a good president, he is not even a good human. He made fun of war heroes, yet you all still worship him! He is a misogynist who loved snuggling up to the likes of Putin. He is a liar, a cheat, a tax evader and a stupid human. My dog has a higher IQ. LOL, I’m sure you wear your “let’s go Brandon” t-shirt proudly, just like a child.
Yes and your guy is doing such a good job…..
This is a bar fight gone horribly wrong, with one person losing their life and another facing legal consequences for their actions. What makes anyone a patriot?
Bar fight? There may have only been one person swinging. In that case its an assault. Lets see what the evidence in the courtroom shows.
He is certainly not a hero, but he is entitled to a fair trial whereby all the evidence is reviewed, not just social media posts and news stories
Only now do you report on the facts in the case. To date, this outlet has not released any video that supports the facts of a woman being assaulted by an aggressive tourist in an alcohol fueled rage; with the only criticism of the video being released by the fastest growing news outlet in C.O. is from the DA and you! Your own viewers have called you and KTVZ out repeatedly regarding the lack of transparency! Firestorm of criticism, what a joke!
We have reported every turn of this case. We don’t draw conclusions. The court system does that.
Really? on what day or week for that matter, did you post any of the videos captured by one of the victims? Other news outlets have posted the raw video. KTVZ has posted nothing but pressers from Hunnel!
We posted info from court documents. Never claimed we aired witness videos. Only one was made public as far as I know and it was withdrawn by that outlet, under fire.
Boy that’s a lot different to what Hummel, Richter and z21 would have you believe.
And yet, we wrote/posted this article?
If Cranston’s not a flight risk, he should be allowed to post bail. I’m sure the Peacekeepers will whine about it. They’re not into innocent until proven guilty, evidently.
This whimpering COWARD is an embarrassment! Boo Hoo! I got my feelings hurt, Imma kill this…! Make an example out of this punk!
I think you mean he saw his future wife being assaulted and defended her. Watch the videos!
What are you talking about? It appears it was a verbal confrontation until Washington threw punches. Blood alcohol level of .195! Lots of people saying Cranston should have walked away. But, when did Washington have the responsibility to walk away? Sadly, if either had walked, Washington would most likely be alive and Cranston wouldn’t be in jail.
Wow, and now the other shoe drops. Better late than never. Let’s gets one thing straight in this comment section. Neither of the guys are heroes. No side should be claiming either one is. What this case will rest on is whether or not Cranston was in fear for his life. If that can be proved he’ll be walking on sunshine. If not 25 to life.
Sadly, everyone jumping too conclusions before having the facts. Including Hummel. It will come out in court.
It ain’t over until the fat lady sings.
How did Cranston end up with the black eye and swollen face? If Washington and friends didn’t beat up Cranston then it must have the Bend Police. Just asking for a friend.
Barney, everyone knows you lean just an itty bitty bit left but you did run this story and were fair to list what his attorney said and his points. I will give you credit for that. At first all we saw was Hummel running for Attorney General of the SJW foundation when it comes to this case. Is Barry Washington Jr’s actual real legal name Barry or is that a nickname to keep people from looking up any criminal history he might have?
We also posted, linked here, the attorney’s similar statement at the time of Cranston’s arrest. So your memory may be faulty. The over-generalization and “always/never” falsehoods may also be a product of faulty memories, biases or just the Blame Society at work. Yes, that was his name. Middle name Khristiano.
Hummel should be disbarred.
So his lawyer wants him out in the streets with credible threats of vigilantism. The coward should stay behind bars for his own interests, the streets don’t play fair and he’s a pretty high profile killer and more vulnerable now than he was in that altercation
Unprovoked attacks should not come with bail unless you want a “repeat offender .”
Cranston was defending; Washington was attacking.
I was under the impression that self defense did not include using a gun in a fist fight. I fail to see Cranston having risk of loss of life for himself. There was an option to leave. There was an option for the fiance to call police and report harrassment, if things were getting out of hand. I know a local female who, while pregnant, killed her husband in self-defense. She served many years AND it was known her safety was in jeopardy. Cranston did not act in self-defense. This was poor decision making while under the influence. Cranston was also intoxicated.
YOU HAVE NO! RIGHT TO PUT YOUR HANDS ON ANOTHER PERSON !
What are the science-based effects of an essentially .20 Blood Alcohol Content on someone, especially a 21-year old male?
“Sali said Washington, who also was at the bar, had been “behaving erratically and aggressively,” and that he was intoxicated, with a blood-alcohol level later measured at 0.195%.”
.10-.12 – At this level, you feel euphoric, but you lack coordination and balance. Your motor skills are markedly impaired, as are your judgment and memory. You probably don’t remember how many drinks you’ve had. Your emotions are exaggerated, and some people become loud, aggressive, or belligerent. If you’re a guy, you may have trouble getting an erection when your BAC is this high.”
It is interesting Mr.Sali’s brief, apparently, does not provide his client’s BAC level. Especially as at the onset of this case John Hummel made this public statement. “Hummel said there is no evidence that Cranston was mentally impaired at the time, and though he had been drinking, there is no evidence that he was significantly impaired or that he was impaired to any degree based on blood alcohol levels.”
If Mr. Cranston had been drinking and his BAC level was below .08 which Mr. Hummel’s statement suggests, Cranston’s thought processes might have looked like this. “.02-.06 – Light and moderate drinkers begin to feel mildly relaxed and maybe a little light headed. Your inhibitions are slightly loosened, and whatever mood you were in before you started drinking may be mildly intensified. Your behavior may become exaggerated, making you talk louder or faster or act bolder than usual. You may also feel a mild sense of euphoria.”
The cell phone video taken by Mr. Cranston’s fiancee was first aired by Central Oregon Daily News. In short order the Central Oregon Peacekeepers stormed their offices in protest, an action requiring the Bend Police Department to respond. Then, during the Cranston arraignment, the same group led by Mr. Luke Richter, then targeted a CODN film crew covering the arraignment and aggressively, both physically and verbally, attacked them.
CODN – https://centraloregondaily.com/calm-in-the-courtroom-chaos-outside/
The video was finally taken down in Central Oregon however it remains available both nationally and internationally for viewing with audio.
Chris Menahan @infolibnews
“Indisputable” video evidence shows Barry Washington “assaulted Ian Cranston without provocation, resulting in head injuries that required the police to take [him] to the hospital where a brain scan and other procedures had to be performed,” Cranston’s attorney reports –
And – UK Daily Mail – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-2517677/Video-Moment-Barry-Washington-Jr-killed-talking-mans-girlfriend.html
Still, the COPK website offers their continued Intent to intimidate not only the Daily News but by extension any and all other local media outlets.
“Updated: Dec 17, 2021
“Even after everything they have done, and every terrible decision they have made in the last month…Central Oregon Daily News decided that they should send a team of their “journalists” down to cover the rally at the courthouse on October 1st.
“They knew it was inappropriate for them to be there. It was obvious they knew that, because unlike every other news team on site today, CO Daily sent an armed security officer to follow their team around.
“We don’t know how to make this any more clear to the Central Oregon Daily News. Your access is revoked.”
Regardless of this video the investigating officers collected multiple security camera videos that have, apparently, provided filmed evidence of the confrontation to a degree Mr. Sali is confident enough to see his client released on bail and, upon jury trial, exonerated entirely.
As for Mr. Hummel his silence at this point in time is both appropriate and long overdue.
Thanks for the summary. It is particularly concerning what the childish “peacekeepers” are saying. Their actions suggest they are not peaceful and should be considered a potentially violent group.
Thanks for posting the links.
Wow! Good info that needs out there. You sir are clearly not a bot.
Stupid people with guns kill people. Stupid testosterone filled males should not be allowed to carry firearms if they cannot think rationally. Ian pulling the self defense card is so typical of an entitled white male.
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