According to ABC News, one of the two suspects in the Tulsa shootings who has been accused of committing hate crimes taped a jailhouse interview where he said he has no hatred for blacks.
In the seven-minute interview, which was released by Jake England’s attorney Clark Brewster, England, 19, said that he has friends who are black.
England and Alvin Watts, 32, have each been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious intimidation or harassment for the April 6 rampage that left three people dead and two others seriously injured. Both have reportedly confessed to the shootings– Edward confessed to shooting three of the people and Watts to two of them, according to the Associated Press.
In the interview, England talks about the death of his father and girlfriend.
His father, Carl Edward, died on April 5, 2010 while he was trying to defend Edward’s sister and her two young children from a man trying to break into their home. His father’s killer was black.
These shootings occurred almost two years later, down to the day. On the two year anniversary of his father’s death–one day before the shooting rampage– Edward wrote on his Facebook page, “Today is two years that my dad has been gone shot by a f—— n—– it’s hard not to go off between that and sheran I’m gone in the head.”
In the interview, Edward explained that the Facebook statement was directed at the man who killed his father, not at black people in general.
Edward also lost his girlfriend, Sheran Hart Wilde, recently to suicide, according to the interview.
The shootings on April 6 occurred in four separate incidents in less than two hours on the same side of town, according to police. Police determined there was no connection between the victims and suspects and all the victims, who did not know each other, were targeted while they were out walking.