Jacob England says he is not a racist

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Updated: 4/13/2012 11:08 pm Published: 4/13/2012 10:41 pm

One of the suspected shooters in the North Tulsa shootings on Good Friday said he is not a racist.

Clark Brewster Defense attorney: "Is there anything you did in any way in your life that you know of that would have been any kind of ill will or hatred towards African Americans?"
Jacob England: “No."

In a videotaped interview with his attorney 19-year-old Jacob England spoke for about ten minutes.

England and Alvin watts, 33 are charged with three counts of First-Degree Murder, two counts of Shooting with Intent to Kill and five counts of malicious harassment which falls under Oklahoma’s hate crime laws.

Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54 and William Allen, 32, were gunned down in the early morning hours on April 6th.

Deon Tucker, 44 and David Hall, 46 were also shot and recovering.

On Friday, a judged revoked England and Watts’ bond.

Hours before the Good Friday shooting spree, England posted a racial slur about his father’s killer.

In a probable cause affidavit it states that, "Two years that my dad has been gone shot by a f----- n----, it's hard not to go off."  

Brewster: "There has been a statement on your Facebook that was a derogatory term towards African Americans. Would you explain that, why would you use such a term?"
England: “It was just to express why I was upset about the guy who shot my dad. That was the only time I've ever expressed anything like that about someone."

However, court documents released today make numerous references to statements made by England, 19. A probable cause affidavit lists Crime Stoppers tips received on April 7th.

"Caller states that Jake England is a racist and hates black males."
"Caller stated Jake England has bragged about other shootings."
"Caller advised a black male shot and killed Jake England's father two years ago."
"The shooting may have been revenge for the death of his father."
"Jake England has mentioned he will die in a shootout with police if he has to."
"Jake England has made several comments about killing black people."
"Jacob England's father was killed by a black male and he wants justice."
"England told several family members that he needs to burn his truck."
"England has made comments about killing black people."

England is Native American and Watts is white.

All five victims in the shooting spree were black.
Brewster: “Do you have any kind of hatred or ill will towards African Americans at all?"
England: "No I don't. Cause the line of work that I was in, the place I lived, I always got along with everybody. It didn't matter what color you was."

England said he tried to take over his father’s tree removal business after he died.

England "I was trying to take care of my dad's biz. The best I could, trying to carry it on but it was quite a handful for a 17-year-old old."

Before England was ten-years-old his mother Theresa Alexander was sent to prison for Arson.

His father, Carl England was killed at Comanche Park Apartments.

England: "The man who was trying to kick her back door in shot and killed him and I was there. I saw everything."
Brewster: "You saw your dad die?
England: "Yes."

Pernell Jefferson, 40, is awaiting trial on other charges in this case but the District Attorney said the homicide itself was justified. He is currently in prison for carrying a firearm as a felon.

In January, England’s fiancé Sheran Wilde shot and killed herself in front of him and their three-month-old son Jacob Jr.

England: "It has impacted me more than anybody could ever really imagine."

England’s friends from Sperry believe what England may have done was wrong but he is not a racist.

"What he did isn't the Jake I know. And I know he was going through some stuff. What he did doesn't make it right I completely understand that it doesn't make it right. That's what I am trying to do I'm not trying to say he is innocent but I am saying that he is not racist,” said Jennifer.

She and England’s friends do not want to disclose their identities. They say they have been threatened and so has England’s family.

They wanted to share what they know about Jacob England.

"Everyone is switching it up, saying this is a hate crime, he's a racist. They have it all wrong,” said Tymprance. "I don't think Alvin would even do that nor Jake. I have known them both my whole life and they are sweet and kind and it was a shock to all of us when we saw their pictures pop up on the news."

His friends said they believe they need to stand up for England.

"We are going to stand up for her personality and we are going to stand up for his spirit. The Jake that did the shootings wasn't him,” said Jennifer. “We want him to know that we are here for him."

Brewster said it was England’s mother who wrote him a letter from prison pleading for his help.

Brewster is representing England pro bono.

"Our goal is to make sure there is not just a runaway of interpretation of the facts that lead to virtually a public lynching or a death penalty and our goal is to protect him every step of the way and he will have an aggressive defense,” said Brewster.

Watts’ attorney has not been appointed or named.

Both England and Watts are scheduled to be in court on Monday to be arraigned.

Records show they confessed to the shootings.

Crime Stoppers is anonymous and identities have never been released in court.

Click on "Jacob England jail interview" to watch his entire interview with his attorney.

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cjefreehim08 - 3/18/2013 4:00 PM
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i am jakes sister and i did what i had to do that night... you are correct in the fact that my brother is not a racist person... every since we lost my father our family has been going through hell... i i hadnt called my dad that night who knows who all would have ended up shot and killed! i have had problems living there in the past and the policeare never there on time!! i knew my dad would be there and he was!! i never would have thought what happened tha night would have happened to my family but there isnt anything i can do about that now except to seak up on my brthers behalf since he now can not!!!

cjefreehim08 - 3/18/2013 3:57 PM
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surelyshirly - 4/14/2012 10:27 AM
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I agree with Bennie.... but what about the other guy?

Bennie - 4/14/2012 7:41 AM
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I am African American and I believe this kid is not racist. There was a lot going on in his life and he just snapped. His sister should have never called her father to come to her and her black boyfriends defense. If she had not called her father he might still be alive and her brother would not be in this mess. I will keep him in my prayers as well as those families of those who were killed.
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