Kansas Jewish sites shooter found mentally competent, state seeks death penalty

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The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Credit: Facebook.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Credit: Facebook.

(JNS.org) White supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan member Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr., who fatally shot three people at two Jewish facilities in Kansas earlier this year, in a hearing on Thursday was found mentally competent enough to stand trial for the charge of capital murder. Additionally, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said the state of Kansas would seek the death penalty for Miller.

“I don’t fear the death penalty,” Miller said, the Kansas City Star reported. “I’m already dying.”

The 74-year-old Miller is accused of murdering William Lewis Corporon, 69, Corporon’s 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, and 53-year-old Terri LaManno at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and a nearby retirement village last April. None of the victims were Jewish, though Miller has said that he went to the locations “for the specific purpose of killing Jews.”

In November, Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan had granted a motion filed by Miller’s public attorney to have him examined by a mental health professional.

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