Lawyers for the racist Army veteran charged with killing a black man in Times Square in a twisted terror campaign said Tuesday it's too soon to commit to a psychiatric defense.
James Harris Jackson, 29, bragged to police after the sick March 20 stabbing of 66-year-old Timothy Caughman.
“We just yesterday or the day before received the defendant's medical records from the Army,” Jackson’s lawyer Patrick Brackley said during a Manhattan Supreme Court status hearing.
He and lawyer Frederick Sosinsky continued to suggest it’s premature to determine trial strategy.
"We are doing what we can to get ready," the lawyer added. "We will serve notice when we receive the proper information."
Brackley wrote in June that they’d hired forensic psychologist Mark Williams.
On Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi turned over security video and documents to defense attorneys — who’d griped that prosecutors have been slow to release vital evidence.
Jackson, who is charged with first-degree murder in furtherance of an act of terrorism and related charges, admitted he scoured the streets of the city looking for black men to kill before deciding on Caughman.
"I really butchered him," the deranged Baltimore man allegedly boasted in a series of admissions after his arrest.
Justice Charles Solomon set Jan. 17 as a date for pre-trial hearings.
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