Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a white supremacist accused of fatally shooting three people outside of a Kansas City area Jewish community center and retirement complex in April. The announcement was made Thursday as suspect Frazier Glenn Miller — also known as Frazier Glenn Cross — appeared in a Johnson County, Missouri, courtroom in a wheelchair. A judge also ruled the 74-year-old is competent enough to stand trial for capital murder.
The former Ku Klux Klan leader allegedly killed 14-year-old Eagle Scout Reat Underwood and his 69-year-old grandfather, William Corporon, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City before driving to the nearby Village Shalom and killing employee Terri LaManno, 53. While none of the victims were Jewish, authorities say they have enough evidence to pursue hate crime charges.
The judge on Thursday set a preliminary hearing for three days in March. Miller responded, "What about my speedy trial?" according to NBC affiliate KSHB. When prosecutors announced they were seeking the death penalty, Miller was heard saying, "I don't fear the death penalty, I'm dying anyway," the station reported.
— Erik Ortiz