Crime

Prosecutors are close to finishing case against F. Glenn Miller Jr. in anti-Jewish shootings

Johnson County sheriff’s crime lab supervisor David Wright explained a shotgun to the jury on Wednesday.
Johnson County sheriff’s crime lab supervisor David Wright explained a shotgun to the jury on Wednesday. jledford@kcstar.com

After three days of testimony, prosecutors said Wednesday they are nearing the end of their case in the F. Glenn Miller Jr. capital murder trial.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said the state will rest its case Thursday after one last witness.

Miller, who is representing himself, will then begin presenting his defense. He asked District Judge Kelly Ryan if he could wait until Monday to have time to prepare.

Ryan told Miller that he found the request “a little more than ironic” because Miller had insisted on having a speedy trial. Ryan said he would take up Miller’s request Thursday after the state rests.

The 74-year-old Missouri man faces a possible death sentence if convicted of killing three people in Overland Park on April 13, 2014.

Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., is an avowed anti-Semite who has told reporters and others that he had intended to kill Jewish people when he opened fire outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom care center.

All the victims — Terri LaManno, 53, William Corporon, 69, and Reat Underwood, 14 — were Christians.

On Wednesday, prosecutors played surveillance video that showed Miller’s car arriving at the center and then driving away several minutes later.

Another shot captured a person who appeared to be firing a weapon toward the center. It was not clear enough to identify the gunman.

Another video image also captured Miller’s car as it drove into the entrance drive of Village Shalom.

In other testimony Wednesday, crime scene investigators described the laborious process of collecting evidence from the crime scenes. Numerous spent shotgun shells, bullet casings and bullet fragments were recovered.

Andrea Reed, an investigator with the Johnson County sheriff’s office, testified about the search of Miller’s car.

Two shotguns, a revolver and a rifle were found in the vehicle along with numerous rounds of ammunition for each weapon.

Reed also testified that investigators found a flier for a singing competition being held at the Jewish Community Center. Reat had gone there to compete in it.

While not objecting to most of the evidence, Miller did object to prosecutors presenting paperwork from the car identifying him as the owner.

“I suspect it might tend to incriminate me,” he said.

That exchange came shortly after Miller had stated “my fingerprints are on everything” during testimony about recovered shell casings.

Miller also volunteered that a note found in his car contained his writing and signature.

The note, found in a paper bag with an open bottle of whiskey, read: “Do not open till mission accomplished.”

David Wright, a firearms examiner with the crime lab, testified that spent shotgun shells recovered at the community center were fired from one of the shotguns found in Miller’s car.

And he said that shotgun shell residue found at the scene of LaManno’s killing matched ammunition found in the other shotgun taken from Miller’s vehicle.

Wright also linked bullets and bullet fragments from the crime scenes with the rifle and pistol found in Miller’s car.

On cross-examination, Miller asked Wright if he would get the guns back “when I’m exonerated.”

Prosecutors objected and Miller asked no more questions.

Previous coverage

Day 1: As the trial opens, F. Glenn Miller Jr. puts himself at the scene of the Jewish center shootings.

Day 2: Jurors view police video of F. Glenn Miller Jr. just after his arrest in the anti-Jewish fatal shootings.

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

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