Suspected Kansas City JCC shooter charged with murder in state court

Frazier Glenn Miller appears at his arraignment on capital murder and first-degree murder charges on April 15, 2014 in New Century, Kan. Miller is charged in relation to three shooting deaths outside Jewish institutions on April 13. (David Eulitt-Pool/Getty Images)

Frazier Glenn Miller appears at his arraignment on capital murder and first-degree murder charges on April 15, 2014 in New Century, Kan. Miller is charged in relation to three shooting deaths outside Jewish institutions on April 13. (David Eulitt-Pool/Getty Images)

(JTA) — The suspect in the shootings of three people at two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City was charged in state court.

Fraizer Glenn Miller, who also goes by the name Fraizer Glenn Cross, was charged Tuesday in state court in Johnson County, Kan., with capital murder and first-degree premeditated murder. The capital charge carries a death sentence, and the premeditated murder charge could result in life in prison, according to Reuters.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe told Reuters he has not decided whether or not to pursue the death penalty in the case. Miller is represented by two court-appointed attorneys.

Miller is suspected of killing William Lewis Corporon, a retired physician, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., and then shooting to death Terri LaManno, a Catholic mother of two, in the parking lot at Village Shalom, a Jewish assisted-living facility a few blocks away, where she was visiting her mother.

None of the three victims were Jewish.

Federal charges, including hate crimes charges, could be filed in about a week, or perhaps longer, according to Kansas’ U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Miller reportedly shouted a Nazi slogan at reporters and television cameras as he was arrested on Sunday.

The Southern Poverty Law Center was the first to identify the gunman as Miller, of Aurora, Mo. It said he was the grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1980s and subsequently a founder of the White Patriot Party. The center said he served three years in prison on weapons charges and for plotting the assassination of its founder, Morris Dees.

Miller had not been involved in criminal activity for decades, but he kept his views known and publicized them as avidly as he could. He maintained a website, www.whty.org (for “whitey’) and posted links to his media appearances.

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