Psych eval in Times Square hate slay­ing

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS, TODD MAISEL and GRA­HAM RAY­MAN Shayna Ja­cobs

A WORKER US­ING a weld­ing torch on the roof of a cen­tu­ry­old Brook­lyn synagogue ac­ci­den­tally sparked a fire early Tues­day that dev­as­tated the build­ing.

Caeser Raynor, 71, is fac­ing two counts of reck­less en­dan­ger­ment for spark­ing the blaze at Bnai Adath Kol Beth Yis­rael on Patchen Ave. near Greene Ave. in Bed­ford-Stuyvesant around 9:10 a.m.

More than 100 fire­fight­ers rushed to the scene to put out the mas­sive blaze be­fore it was fi­nally brought un­der con­trol more than two hours later.

Cops took Raynor, of Wap­pingers Falls, Dutchess County, and an­other man do­ing work on the roof into cus­tody. The other worker was re­leased. The fire was deemed ac­ci­den­tal, po­lice said.

Kaveh Levi, 34, a mem­ber of the congregation was over­come with grief as he looked up at the charred ru­ins.

“My heart feels bro­ken,” he said. “There are so many emo­tions and thoughts and mem­o­ries tied to this place. I was bar mitz­va­hed here.

“This is one of the places that keeps me grounded, that keeps me hum­ble,” he added.

FDNY Deputy Chief Kevin Woods said the fire started while Raynor and his co-worker were on the roof us­ing elec­tri­cal equip­ment.

“In these old houses of wor­ship — syn­a­gogues, churches — fire starts very rapidly,” said Woods, of Bat­tal­ion 11.

Fire­fight­ers ini­tially snuffed a large part of the fire inside the struc­ture, but had to change tac­tics.

“Due to the struc­tural sta­bil­ity LAWYERS for a racist Army vet­eran charged with killing a black man in Times Square said Tues­day it’s too soon to com­mit to a psy­chi­atric de­fense.

James Jack­son, 29, (be­low) bragged to po­lice, “I re­ally butchered him,” af­ter the March 20 stab­bing of 66-year-old Ti­mothy Caugh­man.

Jack­son’s lawyer Patrick Brack­ley, dur­ing a Man­hat­tan Supreme Court sta­tus hear­ing, said he just got his client’s med­i­cal records from the Army .

Brack­ley wrote in June that he had hired foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist Mark Wil­liams, but said it is pre­ma­ture to de­cide a trial strat­egy.

Prose­cu­tors also turned over se­cu­rity video and doc­u­ments to de­fense at­tor­neys — who had griped that the DA’s of­fice has been slow to re­lease vi­tal ev­i­dence.

Jack­son, is charged with mur­der as a fur­ther­ance of ter­ror­ism and re­lated charges. He ad­mit­ted he looked for black men to kill be­fore de­cid­ing on Caugh­man.

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