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Man at center of deadly NYC attack denies bias

September 13, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A man police say punched a 62-year-old New York City man in a park after threatening to "punch the first white man" he saw denies race played a role in the assault.

Lashawn Marten tells the Daily News ( ) in a jailhouse interview Thursday he's punched people of multiple races and doesn't target anyone.

Authorities say Jeffrey Babbitt later died after he was struck, fell backward and hit his head.

Babbit is white. Marten is black.

The 31-year-old Marten declined to discuss details of the alleged assault but asked to see an autopsy report and a death certificate.

Marten is being held on an assault charge, but upgraded charges are possible.

A lawyer for Marten was not immediately available.


Information from: Daily News,



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