One of suspects in Tulsa shootings releases interview, says he does not hate blacks

video above from YouTube. If you want to view the whole interview please visit KOTV in Tulsa.

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.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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