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Husband of woman killed at Overland Park Jewish site sues gun sellers

Terri LaManno's husband reacts to death penalty verdict

Jim LaManno, husband of Terri LaManno, reacts to the jury's death penalty verdict in the trial of F. Glenn Miller Jr. (Video by Allison Long | along@kcstar.com)
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Jim LaManno, husband of Terri LaManno, reacts to the jury's death penalty verdict in the trial of F. Glenn Miller Jr. (Video by Allison Long | along@kcstar.com)

Clerks at Walmart and a gun show dealer should have known better than to have sold two shotguns used by a white supremacist to kill three people two years ago this week outside Jewish sites in Overland Park, according to a lawsuit filed late Monday afternoon.

Jim LaManno, husband of one of the victims, accused Walmart, Friendly Firearms LLC. and two other entities of negligence in a lawsuit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court by the Accurso Law Firm.

The suit also names the gun purchaser as a defendant.

The gun sellers’ employees should have known, the suit alleges, that a straw buyer was purchasing the weapons for someone other than himself when he allegedly made the purchases on behalf of F. Glenn Miller Jr.

Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, was a felon and prohibited from purchasing guns.

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Also named as defendants are the companies who operated the gun show where Friendly Firearms allegedly sold Miller’s friend and fellow white supremacist John Mark Reidle one of the weapons used in the killings of Terri LaManno, 53; William Corporon, 69; and Corporon’s 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood.

Also named as defendants are R.K. Show Inc., of Cedar Rapids, Iowa., and R.K. Shows, Mo., Inc., of Clayton, Mo.

According to the suit, Reidle and Miller attended the RK Gun Show in Springfield on Oct. 29, 2013, where Reidle bought one or more firearms. Based on the men’s remarks and behavior, the suit says, “Friendly’s employees knew, had reason to know, or recklessly failed to know that Miller was not lawfully entitled to purchase or possess a firearm.”

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The litigation makes similar allegations concerning the purchase of a shotgun at a Walmart in Lawrence County, Mo. on April 9, 2014. Four days later, Miller used that gun to kill Corporon and Underwood outside the Jewish Community Center and LaManno outside Village Shalom, a nearby Jewish retirement community, the suit alleges.

Reidle, 48, of Aurora, Mo., pleaded guilty last fall to falsely claiming on a federal form that he was buying that gun for himself.

A neo-Nazi, Miller targeted both facilities hoping to kill Jews. None of the victims was Jewish.

He was convicted and sentenced to death last fall.

Witness Michael Metcalf describes what he and his son saw the day of the shooting April 13, 2014 outside the Jewish Community Center.

 

Mike Hendricks: 816-234-4738, @kcmikehendricks

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