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Parents of White Racist Accused in Sword Killing of Black Stranger Stop Paying for Lawyer

James Jackson is charged with murder, with terrorism and hate crime enhancements, in the sword stabbing death of 66-year-old Timothy Caughman

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    James Harris Jackson, 28, was in court Monday, as prosecutors charged him with murder as an act of terrorism in addition to the murder as a hate crime charge he'd already been facing. Erica Byfield reports.

    (Published Monday, March 27, 2017)

    A court appearance for the 28-year-old white supremacist who stabbed and killed a black man on a Manhattan street last month has been postponed because his parents will no longer pay for his defense attorney.

    James Jackson's court appearance was pushed to Wednesday so that a new court-appointed attorney could take over and appear at his arraignment, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office. 

    The defense attorney who had been representing Jackson until now, Sam Talkin, told the judge in court Monday that Jackson's parents no longer wanted to pay for his services.

    Talkin confirmed to News 4 New York over the phone that Jackson's parents will no longer pay, and no decision has been made on who will replace him in court Wednesday. 

    Jackson is charged with murder as an act of terrorism and murder as a hate crime in the sword stabbing death of 66-year-old Timothy Caughman, who was memorialized at his funeral Sunday as a gentleman and a good neighbor and friend. 

    Authorities say Caughman was alone and collecting bottles for recycling when he was attacked from behind with a sword. He staggered, bleeding, into a police station and later died at a hospital. 

    Jackson had arrived from Baltimore intending to kill a black man, according to police. 

    In a jailhouse interview with the Daily News, Jackson said he was raised in a churchgoing, liberal family in a Baltimore suburb. He said his ideal society is "1950s America."

    Talkin, has said if the allegations are anywhere close to being true, "then we're going to address the obvious psychological issues that are present in this case."