The close-range shotgun slayings of three people outside Overland Park Jewish centers last year was “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel” and merits a death sentence, Johnson County prosecutors contend.
The notice of those “aggravating factors” alleged by prosecutors was filed this week in Johnson County District Court, where F. Glenn Miller Jr. is scheduled to go to trial beginning Aug. 17 in the April 13, 2014, shooting spree.
Miller, 74, is charged with capital murder in the killings of Terri LaManno, 53, William Corporon, 69, and Reat Underwood, 14.
If the jury finds him guilty of capital murder, jurors will be asked to decide if he should be sentenced to life in prison or death.
Jurors will be instructed to balance the aggravating factors prosecutors outlined this week against whatever mitigating factors Miller presents in his defense.
Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., is representing himself in the case. He was arrested shortly after the shootings outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom care center.
Besides the murder charge, he is facing three counts of attempted murder for allegedly firing shots at other people that day.
Jury selection, which is set to begin Aug. 17, is expected to last about a week.
Prosecutors have said that their presentation of evidence in the first phase of the trial will also take about a week. Miller has not said how much evidence he intends to present.
It will be Johnson County’s first death penalty trial since a jury in 2002 convicted John E. Robinson Sr. in the killings of three women and he was sentenced to death.