Frazier Glenn Miller tells Kansas City jury he’s sorry he didn’t kill more

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — 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. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who is acting as his own attorney, called himself to the witness stand and spoke of his military history and of how he started a group in North Carolina called the White Patriot Party. I feel good about it.” The shooting spree on April 13, 2014, at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom care center was fueled by Miller’s virulent hatred of Jewish people and his belief in a Jewish conspiracy to destroy the “white race.” Miller, who is representing himself, was the only defense witness to testify after prosecutors rested their case Thursday. After Miller rested his case late Friday afternoon, District Judge Kelly Ryan dismissed jurors and told them to return Monday morning for closing arguments.

If jurors find him guilty of capital murder, a second trial phase will be held to determine if the 74-year-old man will be sentenced to death or life in prison with no parole. Miller said he was surprised there were Christians at a Jewish facility and chose that day for the assault because a talent competition was being held at the community center. After a nearly three-hour lunch break, Miller returned to the stand and told jurors he wanted to tell them more about why he wanted to kill Jews, but the court wouldn’t let him. He said he didn’t initially know if he would have the courage to carry out the attacks, but afterward felt an exhilaration that dwarfed even the feeling of jumping out of airplanes when he was in the Army. On the day of the killings, he arrived in the morning, but not seeing people outside, he decided to leave and drive back to his home in southern Missouri.

Miller, who insisted on a speedy trial even after his stand-by attorneys said that didn’t give them enough time to prepare a legitimate defense, has at times seemed overwhelmed by legal proceedings he called “mumbo jumbo.” Capital murder trials in Kansas have a guilt phase focusing on evidence about the crime and a sentencing phase when defendants are allowed to present mitigating evidence — including what was on their mind at the time — intended to spare them from a death sentence.

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