A veteran death penalty defense lawyer based in Topeka has been appointed to represent F. Glenn Miller Jr. against allegations that he killed three people outside Jewish facilities in Overland Park.
Officials with the Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services said Wednesday that Mark Manna has been assigned to defend Miller, who is facing a capital murder charge for the killings last April.
Miller’s previous lawyer Ron Evans, who heads the state’s death penalty defense unit, withdrew last week after citing a breakdown in communication with Miller, an anti-Semite who also is known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr.
Martin Warhurst, a lawyer previously appointed to assist Evans, remains on the case.
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It is not known if the change of lawyers will cause a delay of Miller’s preliminary hearing, which is scheduled to begin March 2.
The scheduling issue probably will be raised at a hearing Thursday morning in Johnson County District Court.
Miller, 74, is accused in the shooting deaths of William Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, outside the Jewish Community Center, and of Terri LaManno, 53, outside the nearby Village Shalom care center. None of the three was Jewish.