The death penalty is off the table for a man accused of killing two men on a Portland, Oregon train in May of 2017.
Jeremy Christian was in court Friday to hear changes to the charges he faces.
He will now stand trial for first-degree murder, instead of aggravated murder.
The judge made the change based on a new state law that only took effect in late September.
It narrows the instances a defendant can be tried for aggravated murder and sent to death row.
One of those can be for killing two or more people as an act of organized terrorism.
Christian is accused of the fatal stabbings of two passengers on a train as it pulled into the station.
A third stabbing victim survived.
Prosecutors say the victims intervened as Christian harassed two black teenage girls with racial comments.
Evidence presented in the case does not appear to show Christian acted as part of an organized terror act.
If convicted of the new charges, Christian could get 30 years to life in prison.