Man’s killing ‘a prac­tice run’

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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

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