The strange trial of the avowed anti-Semite and white supremacist charged in …

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F. Glenn Miller Jr. to start defense case Friday in slayings outside Jewish facilities.

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Kansas City-area Jewish sites accused a judge on Thursday of denying him a fair trial for not allowing him to present evidence explaining his mindset at the time. Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan who is representing himself, could be sentenced to death if convicted of murdering the three people in April 2014 in suburban Kansas City, Missouri. Glenn Miller Jr. heard him in taped phone conversations confess to the April 13, 2014, killings of three people outside Jewish facilities in Overland Park. He has admitted several times during his four-day trial that he killed three people and shot at three others, but has argued that he was compelled to do it because Jewish people are trying to wipe out the white race. 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.

Before resting their case, prosecutors played a recording of jail telephone call in October 2014 in which Cross can be heard saying he took a swig of whiskey in his car in celebration moments after the shootings. 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.

After jurors were sent out of the courtroom, Miller asked for a postponement until Monday so he could work on his defense and rest up because the trial had taken a toll on his health. 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 Coombs, 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 Pilot. 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. However, he objected to them being played Thursday because he said they may “tend to incriminate me.” District Judge Kelly Ryan overruled the objection. Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan on Thursday told Cross he would not be allowed to present as evidence videos, books and articles that support his antisemitic views.

Cross has asked few questions of the prosecution’s witnesses and has been admonished repeatedly by Ryan for expressing his views instead of asking questions. 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. 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. He complained that materials he needed had not yet been received, and said he needed to rest from the “stress and exertion” of the past four days.

But Miller continually interrupted and argued with the judge, referring to court procedure as “mumbo jumbo.” Ryan warned that if Miller continued his disrespectful and disruptive behavior, he would be removed from the courtroom, and the standby lawyers would take over the defense.

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