Earlier this year, James Harris Jackson was arrested after stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman in New York City. Jackson's confession revealed that he had traveled from Maryland to New York with the intention of murdering black men.
"I really butchered him," Jackson had allegedly bragged in his confession.
Now, lawyers of the murderous Army veteran are considering a psychiatric defense. According to the New York Daily News, lawyer Patrick Brackley is currently weighing options after reviewing documentation about his client's mental health, but maintains it's too soon to determine a trial strategy.
“We just yesterday or the day before received the defendant's medical records from the Army,” he said.
"We are doing what we can to get ready," Frederick Sosinsky, Jackson's other lawyer, added. "We will serve notice when we receive the proper information."
Jackson has been charged with first-degree murder in furtherance of an act of terrorism.
“The reason why he picked New York is ’cause it’s the media capital of the world,” said William Aubry shortly, assistant chief of the New York City Police Department, shortly after the killing. “And he wanted to make a statement.”
The murder had previously been brought up at the White House, where former Press Secretary Sean Spicer had attempted to distance the Trump administration from the culture that contributes to racial killings: "Hate crimes and anti-Semitic crimes of any nature should be called out in the most reprehensible way," said Spicer. "There is no room for that in our country."
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