Man’s killing ‘a practice run’
NEW YORK: A white racist accused of fatally stabbing a 66year-old stranger on a Manhattan street because he was black says he’d intended it as “a practice run” in a mission to deter interracial relationships.
James Harris Jackson, 28, said he envisioned a white woman thinking: “Well, if that guy feels so strongly about it, maybe I shouldn’t do it.”
The victim, Timothy Caughman, who was remembered as a gentleman and a good neighbour, was alone last week when he was attacked from behind with a sword. He staggered, bleeding, into a police station and later died at a hospital.
Jackson was in court on Monday, as prosecutors charged him with murder as an act of terrorism in addition to the murder as a hate crime charge he’d been facing.
Childhood friends of Caughman, who grew up in Queens, attended the hearing and said he was a kind man who didn’t deserve the brutality.
“Tim Caughman didn’t deserve to die like that,” said Portia Clark. “Nobody does.”
Jackson said, in retrospect, he would rather have killed “a young thug” or “a successful older black man with blondes ... people you see in Midtown. These younger guys that put white girls on the wrong path.”
James Harris Jackson