Oklahoma Shooter Claims He Is Not Racist
One of two white Oklahoma men accused of hate crimes in a shooting spree that left three black people dead in Tulsa says in a jailhouse interview that he has no hatred for blacks. Jake England’s attorney Clark Brewster, released a seven-minute tape of the interview with his client today, in which the 19-year-old says he has friends who are black. The video was posted by Tulsa TV station KOTV.
“The line of work that I was in and the place I worked, we always got along with everybody,” England says in the video. “It didn’t matter what color you were.” England and Alvin Watts, 32, have reportedly confessed to carrying out the rampage on April 6 that left three people dead and two others seriously wounded. According to The Associated Press, England confessed to shooting three people and Watts confessed to shooting two.
The two men were charged Friday with three counts each of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious intimidation or harassment. In the video posted by KOTV, England seems stoic, but his deep voice seems to catch when the lawyer asks him about the violent deaths of his father and girlfriend. Staring hard into the camera, England describes how his father was killed trying to defend his sister and her two young children from a man trying to break into their home. He also discusses how his girlfriend, with whom he had a young son, shot herself in the head in front of him and the toddler in January.
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R.I.P. to those who were killed in these senseless shootings.