NEW YORK – The man who helped the sniper suspects buy the car that was allegedly used in the killing spree said he was only trying to help.
Jamaican immigrant Nathaniel Osbourne, 26, whose brother is a friend of John Muhammad, said he helped Muhammad and John Lee Malvo buy a used New Jersey state police Chevy Caprice because he felt sorry for them.
Osbourne said he registered the car because they were down and out and had no money.
Malvo and John Allen Muhammad, 41, have now been accused of shooting 19 people and killing 13 of them in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Two other shootings in Washington state are under investigation.
Osbourne said he had no idea what they were allegedly plotting and that the two seemed to have a normal father-son relationship.
He even let them stay over with him and gave them clothes. They were so broke Osbourne had to buy the gas for the car.
"I gave them food...and I gave them clothes…I tried to be hospitable to them…did it out of the kindness of my heart," he told Fox News.
He says Malvo, 17, looked up to Muhammad, but that if the accused serial murderer had been a real role model, the tragedy would not have happened.
"I don't regret helping…I wish they had chose a different path…honestly this would've never been. …they would've been in a better circumstance."
He had no comment as to whether or not the pair should receive the death penalty.
Osbourne is confined to his mother's house as part of his arrest as a material witness. He was nabbed two weeks ago visiting a girlfriend in Michigan, but was freed because authorities don't think he had anything to do with the plot.
He said he wants everyone to know that he is innocent, and that he prays for the victims and their families every day.