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Racist pleads guilty to killing black man as 'practice'

RACIST ATTACK: Timothy Caughman was fatally stabbed by James Jackson (Image: Twitter)

A WHITE supremacist has pleading guilty to murdering a black man as part of his preparation for a racist plot to kill others and start a “race war”.

James Jackson repeatedly stabbed Timothy Caughman, 66, with a sword in New York in 2017.

Caughman, who was described as a gentleman and a good neighbour, was on his own collecting bottles to recycle when Jackson attacked him from behind with the weapon. He went on to stab Caughman several more times.

Although he managed to make his way on foot to a police station after the attack, Caughman did not recover from his injuries and died in hospital.

Jackson, who served in Afghanistan, had spent time stalking black men in the lead up to the fatal attack. After CCTV images of Jackson were featured in news reports, he handed himself into a police station in Times Square.

He told the Daily News in an interview from jail that the killing had been a “practice run” for a bigger attack he planned for Times Square.

The 30-year-old expressed a fixation with interracial relationships, which he vehemently disagreed with. He travelled from his hometown of Baltimore to New York as he thought an attack in the famous city would generate the most media interest.

Yesterday he pleaded guilty to charges of murder as terrorism and murder as a hate crime. He faces life in prison without parole.

“This is an incredibly disturbed young man and he brought tragedy to Manhattan, and he certainly showed Mr Caughman no mercy, and I don’t think this office should show him any,” The Independent reported Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R Vance Jr said.

He added: “It was a cruel and completely planned attack with a broader political goal.”

Jackson’s conviction is the first ever of a white supremacist on terrorism charges in New York history.

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