White supremacist admits to three Kansas murders, seeks acquittal

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City spent more than two hours Friday telling jurors how he planned the attacks and is sorry he didn’t kill more people.

Glenn Miller Jr. on Friday described to a Johnson County jury how he used a shotgun to kill three people last year in Overland Park. “It’s premeditated, no doubt about it,” he said as a courtroom full of spectators looked on in silence. “I’m proud of myself. 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.

All the three exhibits Miller tried to introduce — a video of him in military uniform leading the White Patriot Party and two news articles — Friday morning were disallowed. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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