Baltimore man pleads not guilty to murder as terrorism

Posted at 7:42 AM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 07:42:29-04

A Baltimore man accused of heading to New York City to assassinate black men has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including murder as terrorism and murder as a hate crime.

James Jackson, an Army veteran who lived in Hampden, is accused of stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman to death back.

Prosecutors claim Jackson was in Manhattan for three days searching for a black person to kill. Police say Jackson stabbed Caughman to death with a sword on March 20 while the homeless man collected cans.

Jackson told police he wanted to deter women from interracial relationships. In a jailhouse interview Jackson told the Daily News he regretted killing Caughman, because he didn't realize he was elderly and Jackson would have rather killed a younger or more successful black person.

A new attorney was appointed to represent Jackson because his parents announced they would not support his legal efforts.