Crime

May 29, 2014

Suspect in Jewish center killings faces a preliminary hearing in November

F. Glenn Miller Jr., also known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., appeared briefly in Johnson County District Court, where he is charged with capital murder, first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a firearm. District Judge Kelly Ryan set his preliminary hearing for Nov. 12, 13 and 14.

A November preliminary hearing date was set Thursday for the man accused of killing three people outside Jewish facilities in Overland Park in April.

F. Glenn Miller Jr., also known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., appeared briefly Thursday in Johnson County District Court, where he is charged with capital murder, first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and criminal discharge of a firearm.

District Judge Kelly Ryan set his preliminary hearing for Nov. 12, 13 and 14. It will be the first time since the April 13 shooting spree that evidence and testimony about what happened that day will be made public. After prosecutors present their evidence, Ryan will decide if it is sufficient to take the case to trial.

Miller, 73, a one-time “grand dragon” of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, is believed to be the oldest person ever charged in Kansas with capital murder and to face a possible death sentence. Though authorities contend he wanted to kill Jewish people, all three victims were Christians.

He allegedly killed William Lewis Corporon, 69, and his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, outside the Jewish Community Center, where Reat was auditioning for a talent contest. He allegedly killed Terri LaManno, 53, a mother of three, outside the Village Shalom senior living facility, where she had gone to visit her mother.

In addition, prosecutors this week charged Miller with three counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting at three other people who were not hit and with firing one shot at the theater in the community center, which was occupied at the time.

Miller, who was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair, did not speak during Thursday’s hearing.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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