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White Supremacist Charged in Sword Killing Expected to Plead Guilty

James Jackson, who's accused of plunging a sword into 66-year-old Timothy Caughman on a Manhattan street in 2017 because Caughman was black, asks judge to postpone his plea because of pain medication

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    White Supremacist in NYC Sword Killing Charged With Murder as Terrorism

    James Harris Jackson, 28, was in court Monday, as prosecutors charged him with murder as an act of terrorism in addition to the murder as a hate crime charge he'd already been facing. Erica Byfield reports.

    (Published Monday, March 27, 2017)

    What to Know

    • James Jackson, 30, previously pleaded not guilty to murder as a hate crime in the March 20, 2017 death of Timothy Caughman

    • Authorities say Jackson admitted stabbing the 66-year-old Caughman at random as part of a plan to kill black men in NYC

    • Jackson's lawyer had asked the judge to suppress statements Jackson made to police, including: "I really butchered him"

    A white man bent on "purging the Earth of black people" and allegedly stabbed a black man to death in a random sword attack on a Manhattan street told a judge Friday he intended to plead guilty to the crime, but asked that it be put off because he'd taken pain medication.

    James Jackson appeared Friday before a judge in New York City. He was expected to plead guilty in the March 20, 2017 death of 66-year-old Timothy Caughman.

    But Jackson told the judge he'd broken his foot and wasn't in the right state of mind because of painkillers.

    The judge ordered him to come back Jan. 23 — the day his trail is scheduled to start.

    Prosecutors say Jackson traveled from Baltimore to New York and stalked several black men before attacking Caughman.

    He later told police the slaying had been practice for further assaults on black people.

    In a videotaped confession played at a pretrial hearing in court in the fall, James Jackson told investigators blacks were "inferior" and should be "exterminated." 

    Jackson previously plead not guilty to murder as a hate crime and as an act of terrorism in the death of Caughman. His lawyer said at that time he was looking into whether an insanity defense would be appropriate.

    Authorities previously said Jackson admitted killing the Caughman at random as part of a plan to kill black men in New York City. Caughman was stooped over a pile of trash when he was attacked from behind with a sword. Caughman, who was remembered as a gentleman and a good neighbor, was alone and collecting bottles for recycling when he was attacked. He staggered, bleeding, into a police station and later died at a hospital.

    Jackson is from Baltimore and a veteran who served in Afghanistan. Family friends had said the allegations were out of line with how he was raised, in a tolerant and liberal middle-class family.

    Man Killed by Sword-Wielding Attacker Is Laid to Rest

    [NY] Man Killed by Sword-Wielding Attacker Is Laid to Rest

    Timothy Caughman, who was stabbed in the back with a sword in midtown, was remembered by friends and family at his funeral Saturday. Rana Novini reports.

    (Published Sunday, April 2, 2017)

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