supremacist charged in Kansas deaths faces competency hearing
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[December 18, 2014]
By Kevin Murphy
KANSAS CITY, Kan (Reuters) - A Kansas
judge will hear evidence on Thursday as to whether a white supremacist
accused of killing three people at two Jewish facilities this year is
competent to stand trial on capital murder charges.
Former Ku Klux Klan member Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74, also known
as Glenn Miller, is charged with the shooting deaths in April in the
Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. He could face the death penalty
A month ago, Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan
granted a motion filed by Cross's public defender to have a mental
health professional evaluate his client's competency.
Cross, who attended a hearing last month in a wheelchair and with
his hands and feet shackled, repeatedly said then that he did not
want an evaluation and that he was ready for a trial to begin
Cross is charged with capital murder in the deaths of 14-year-old
Reat Underwood; the boy's grandfather, William Corporon, 69; and
Terri LaManno, 53.
Prosecutors say Cross shot Underwood and Corporon on April 13 at the
Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, and then drove to a
nearby Jewish retirement home where he shot LaManno.
Before the shootings, Cross had posted on the Internet that he had
an "obsessive hatred for Jews." None of the victims that day were
Cross, who is being held on a $10 million bond, is also accused of
firing on other people at the facilities.
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Cross, from the rural community of Aurora in southwest Missouri, is
a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan. He is a convicted felon
known as Glenn Miller to law enforcement and human rights groups.
(Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Mohammad
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