The parents of the Baltimore racist who admitted to slaying a 66-year-old black man with a sword in Midtown won’t pay for his lawyer, court proceedings revealed on Monday.
James Jackson’s mom and dad — whom he had described as "typical liberal" parents in an exclusive jailhouse interview with the Daily News — will not foot the bill for their son’s defense after Monday, Sam Talkin, his soon-to-quit lawyer, said in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Jackson’s parents declined to comment through a spokesman.
"I am retained counsel and I am told that I am not going to be paid past today," Talkin said, explaining he was notified "by the family."
The parents of James Jackson (center), who admitted to slaying a 66-year-old black man with a sword in Midtown, won’t pay for his lawyer, court proceedings revealed on Monday.
Judge Charles Solomon asked Talkin whether the parents of Jackson — who inexplicably smiled during the brief proceeding — were unable to pay.
"Whether they have funds or not, I’m not sure, but I can say that his parents are not going to pay," Talkin replied.
Jackson, 28, traveled to New York from Maryland on a bus on March 17 with a single goal — to kill black people. He said he came to New York City in the hopes of drawing attention in the media hub.
Timothy Caughman. (twitter/New York Daily News)
Jackson is now charged with murder as an act of terrorism for the March 20 incident — when he allegedly stabbed bottle-collector Timothy Caughman in the chest with an 18-inch blade.
Jackson — whose grandfather fought for African-Americans’ civil rights in segregated Louisiana — said he carried out the slaying to prevent white women from dating black men.
Solomon asked the killer, "Do you have the ability to hire a lawyer?"
The sword Jackson used to stab Caughman.
"I do not," said Jackson.
"How about friends, relatives?" Solomon pressed.
"No," Jackson replied.
Solomon said Jackson would get a court-appointed lawyer.
He is due back in court on Wednesday.