The man accused in Sunday’s shootings at two Jewish center’s appeared in court today in both a wheel chair and a padded “suicide prevention” smock. Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, made his first court appearance today after being arrested for allegedly killing three people at Jewish centers in Kansas over the weekend.
According to the Washington Post, Miller was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair today to make his first court appearance. A Johnson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman reportedly declined to say why Miller was in the wheelchair, considering he was able to stand and “face the camera” to answer questions from the judge who was in a Johnson County courtroom several miles away.
ABC News stated that charging documents addressed Miller by his last name, though he was reportedly addressed as “Mr. Cross” by the judge. Cross is reportedly an alias used by Miller. Today’s court appearance was to formally charge Miller in Sunday’s Kansas shootings. According to ABC News, the judge formally charged Miller today with one count of capital murder and a second count of premeditated first degree murder.
According to an earlier report by The Inquisitr, Miller is a well-known far-right extremist, former Ku Klux Klan leader and founder of a hate group known as the White Patriot Party. He also reportedly has a long history of “violently racist and anti-Semitic views and paramilitary activities.”
ABC News stated that prosecutors said “the capital murder charge is for the deaths of William Lewis Corporon and his grandson, Reat Underwood, 14,” who were shot and killed outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. The report continued on to say that the premeditated first degree murder charge is for the shooting of Terrie LaManno, 53, who was shot and killed only moments later outside the Village Shalom assisted living center.
“The fact that we filed these two counts [doesn’t] mean we can’t add new charges,” Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said.”[There is a] good possibility additional charges will be forthcoming.”
According to the Washington Post, Federal prosecutors have said that there is enough evidence to warrant putting the case before a grand jury as a hate crime, but US Attorney Barry Grissom said Tuesday that “federal charges were likely a week or more away.”
Because Miller was charged with capital murder for the death of Corporon and Underwood, Miller may face the death penalty if convicted. The accused Kansas shooter’s bond was set at 10 million dollars.
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