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Kansas JCC shooter’s opening anti-Semitic diatribe cut short by judge

Jurors dismissed shortly after Frazier Glenn Miller, who is representing himself, begins defense by explaining how Jews control the media

Frazier Glenn Miller, who attacked the  Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas and Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement community, appears in court on March 27, 2015. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP)
Frazier Glenn Miller, who attacked the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas and Village Shalom, a Jewish retirement community, appears in court on March 27, 2015. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP)

OLATHE, Kansas — A white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City, made it only a few words into his opening statement, which included an anti-Semitic diatribe, before a state attorney objected and jurors were removed from the courtroom.

Frazier Glenn Miller, who is representing himself, had told Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan earlier that he twice offered to plead guilty to first-degree murder if prosecutors would take the death penalty off the table, but they refused. He started to tell jurors of those failed offers before assistant District Attorney Chris McMullin spoke up.

“If he wants to confess, that’s fine, but we can’t talk about things not in evidence,” the prosecutor said after jurors left the room. “If the state said that, there would be an immediate mistrial. We don’t want a mistrial.”

He also said he will prove that Jews control the media, and that he has photos and videos to prove his claims, the Kansas City television station KSHB reported.

Miller, 74, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, is charged with murdering three people in Overland Park, Kansas, on April 13, 2014. None of his victims were Jewish. The crimes were committed outside a Jewish community center and outside a nearby Jewish assisted living facility.

Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan interrupted Miller’s statement and said he couldn’t present to jurors his belief that the mainstream media and the Federal Reserve are controlled by Jews, or argue that Jewish people are committing genocide against the white race.

“You are telling me that I don’t have a chance at all of being found not guilty?” Miller said. “I want to present my defense and explain why I did what I did.”

Ryan responded that the present phase of the trial was not the place to present evidence of his intentions, but was to determine whether he committed capital murder.

At multiple hearings leading up to the trial, Miller has admitted that he killed William Corporon, 69, and Corporon’s 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, at a Jewish Community Center, and Terri LaManno, 53, at the nearby Village Shalom retirement center on April 13, 2014.

The prosecutor began his opening statement with what he said was a quote from Miller as he was sitting in a police car in a parking lot where he was found shortly after the shootings:

“My name’s Glenn Miller, I am an anti-Semite, I hate goddamned Jews. How many did I get?”

McMullin graphically described the wounds Corporon and Underwood suffered as they were hit in the head with shotgun blasts at point-blank range. He spoke of LaManno being frozen in fear as Miller pulled a shotgun from the trunk of his car after a different gun failed to fire.

Miller has said he is suffering from chronic emphysema and wanted to kill Jewish people before he died. He also has said he didn’t know all three of the victims were Christians, or that the teenage victim was so young.

Miller, who has no formal legal training or significant courtroom experience, fired his three defense attorneys in May. If convicted he could be sentenced to death.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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