On a videotape played during a court hearing yesterday, a murder suspect said his victim “had to die” because she was white.

“I never seen her before, and I didn’t care,” Phillip Grant, 43, said on the tape. “As long as she had blond hair and blue eyes, she had to die.”

According to a report in the White Plains, N.Y., Journal News, the 45-minute video statement also includes Grant claiming to have killed others and saying he is at war with the white race.

Grant, who is black, is charged with second-degree murder and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the fatal June 29 stabbing death of Concetta Russo-Carriero, 56.

“I want the death penalty,” he said. “I want to die. But I wanted to kill somebody white first.”

In the statement, recorded some five hours after the 1:15 p.m slaying, Grant said that, beginning at 11 a.m. that day, he walked around a parking garage, looking for a victim.

“I was thinking that the first person I see this morning that looks white, I’m killing them,” he said. According to the local news report, the convicted rapist said he did not approach an older white woman walking through the garage “because she had already lived her life.”

“I wanted to kill somebody who lived a lily-white lifestyle and was a closet bigot,” he said on the tape.

Grant told a detective on the video he chose Russ-Carriero after she thrust a stairwell door toward him as he was walking inside the garage.

“I have no remorse whatsoever, because she was white,” he said, adding that he believed he was fighting a race war.

During his statement, Grant claimed his mother was raped by whites when he was a child and that even his white friends have all turned out to be racists. He said since being released from state prison, people have followed him around, calling him a rapist and hurling racial slurs at him.

The Journal News reported Grant was convicted of three rapes in 1980 and spent 23 years in prison. In April, he was tossed out of homeless shelter because he refused to undergo a psychiatric exam.

“The videotape speaks for itself,” Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro told the paper. “The victim in this case did not have a chance. (Grant) was determined to commit this crime.”

The judge has ordered the case to go before a grand jury.

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