The parents of the racist killer who stabbed a black man to death in Midtown Manhattan will not pay for his lawyer, according to NBC News. At court proceedings Monday, James Jackson’s lawyer Sam Talkin said "I am retained counsel and I am told that I am not going to be paid past today."
Jackson, 28, traveled to New York from his home in Baltimore, Maryland two weeks ago with the expressed purpose of killing black people and has admitted to the murder of 66-year-old Timothy Caughman on March 20.
Jackson, a decorated Afghanistan war veteran, had long harbored a hatred of blacks and chose New York City as the springboard for his racist attacks because he thought it would garner more media attention. Jackson intended Caughman’s murder was to be the first of several. However, he turned himself in to police after he was caught fleeing the scene of the crime on a security camera.
Ironically, a family friend said of Jackson’s parents, David and Patricia Jackson, “They’re liberal as liberal can be,” while his grandfather, Ernest Merklein Jr., was noted for his work desegregating schools in Louisiana. The Jacksons have not commented as to why they are no longer funding their son’s legal defense, however, after Caughman’s murder they released a statement saying they were “shocked, horrified and heartbroken by this tragedy.”
At Monday’s hearing, Judge Charles Solomon asked Talkin if the Jacksons were unable to pay. Talkin replied, "Whether they have funds or not, I'm not sure, but I can say that his parents are not going to pay."
When Solomon asked Jackson if he had the ability to pay for a lawyer himself, the killer responded, "I do not.” Solomon said a court-appointed lawyer would represent Jackson moving forward. His next court date is this Wednesday.
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