Suspect says he would rather have killed younger black man

(Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — A white Army veteran accused of killing a 66-year-old black stranger in a racial attack in New York City says he regrets killing the man because he would rather have killed a younger or more successful black victim.

James Harris Jackson told the Daily News on Sunday he’s “sorry” he stabbed Timothy Caughman, who was collecting bottles. He says it was dark and he didn’t know the victim was elderly.

Authorities say Jackson came to Manhattan from Baltimore earlier this month with the aim of killing black men and to “make a statement.”

Jackson told the newspaper his goal was to force women to reconsider their interracial relationships.

The 28-year-old has been arraigned on a hate crime murder charge. He didn’t enter a plea. His next court date is Monday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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