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Guilty plea possible in Caughman killing

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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 6:57 pm

The alleged white supremacist accused of the racially motivated murder of a Jamaica native on Manhattan’s West Side in 2017 could possibly enter a guilty plea as early as his next scheduled court appearance later this month.

James Jackson, 28, of Baltimore, said in a Jan. 4 court appearance that he intended to plead guilty to all charges, according to a brief statement issued by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

Jackson is charged with second-degree murder as a crime of terrorism and second-degree murder as a hate crime for killing Timothy Caughman, 66, with a sword, and allegedly confessed to police that he came to New York City with the intent of killing black men. 

“In response to a question from the judge this afternoon, the defendant stated on the record in substance that he intended to plead guilty to all counts of the indictment today, but is not comfortable doing so today because, per the defendant, [he] is on pain medication,” the statement read.

Jackson, on the day of his last scheduled appearance last month, incurred the wrath of Acting Supreme Court Justice Laura Ward by refusing to come to court, saying he was in too much pain from a broken foot, according to published reports.

Vance’s office said the case has been adjourned until Jan. 21. 

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