F. Glenn Miller Jr. tells jurors he regrets not killing more people

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

F. Glenn Miller Jr. tells jurors he regrets not killing more people.

OLATHE, Kan. – A Missouri man who says he killed three people in suburban Kansas City last year because he thought they were Jewish gets his chance to defend himself against a capital murder charge Miller admits driving to two Jewish sites in Overland Park, Kansas, in April 2014 with the intent of killing Jews.

Jurors will return Monday to hear closing arguments in the case against Miller, who killed three Christians during his shooting spree on April 13, 2014. After playing the recordings, Johnson County prosecutors rested their case against the 74-year-old avowed anti-Semite, who said on the tape that the killings gave him an “overpowering joy.” He allegedly shot William Corporon, 69, and his grandson, 14-year-old Reat Underwood, outside the Jewish Community Center. Shortly afterward, police arrested the Aurora, Mo., resident in a car carrying guns and ammunition that investigators later linked by scientific testing to the killing scenes.

About an hour into his case, he drew a warning from the judge when he was angered by the judge not responding to his question about a piece of evidence he tried to introduce. The prosecution case, which began Monday, included the testimony of several eyewitnesses who identified Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., as the man they saw shooting people that day. Ryan warned Miller on Thursday that he would be removed from the courtroom and replaced by his standby lawyers if he continued any disrespectful or disruptive behavior.

In the taped conversations played Thursday, it was clear that Miller knew his calls from the Johnson County jail to an unnamed person were being monitored and recorded. Those victims appeared in court this week – and had to endure cross-examination by the wheelchair-bound Miller. “I’m glad I didn’t kill you,” Miller told James Coombes, who testified about Miller shooting at him, putting a bullet hole in the leather satchel he wore slung across his body and four in his Honda Element. However, he objected to them being played Thursday because he said they may “tend to incriminate me.” District Judge Kelly Ryan overruled the objection. Then Miller asked him, “Are you a homosexual?” The defendant’s first question for a young female forensics expert: “Has anyone ever told you that you resemble Andy Taylor’s girlfriend [from ‘The Andy Griffith Show’]?” After lengthy testimony Wednesday from David Wright, a forensic firearms expert, Miller asked, “Do you think I’ll ever get my guns back when I’m exonerated?” When the prosecution objected, Miller had no further questions.

He complained that materials he needed had not yet been received, and he said he needed to rest from the “stress and exertion” of the past four days. The trial has gone more quickly than expected, but that’s because the defense has passed on cross examining many of the state’s witnesses and rarely even looked at pieces of evidence, instead simply dismissing items with a wave of his hand and saying, “No objection.” When he does ask questions, they have focused on race, religion and ethnic heritage. But the judge already has ruled that materials such as books and newspaper articles he wants to present as evidence will not be allowed at this phase of the trial. If the jury finds Miller guilty of capital murder, a second phase will be held to determine if he will be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

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