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Kansas Jewish center shooting suspect asks court for delay

(Reuters) - The white supremacist charged with killing three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City on Passover Sunday appeared in a Kansas courtroom on Thursday and was granted a month-long delay in the proceedings against him.

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, also known as Glenn Miller, was wearing an orange jumpsuit, with hands and feet shackled. Seated in a wheelchair, he spoke quietly with his attorney.

Johnson County District Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan agreed to a request by Cross's attorney to set the next hearing for May 29, when scheduling details for a trial will be discussed. Cross, being held on $10 million bond, has not yet entered a plea.

Authorities have said he could face the death penalty in the April 13 shooting death of 14-year-old Reat Underwood, and his grandfather William Corporon, 69, outside a Jewish community center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas.

New Details Emerge About Accused KC Shooter's Past

In addition to capital murder charges in those killings, Cross is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the fatal shooting of Terri LaManno, 53, at a Jewish retirement home shortly after leaving the Jewish Community Center.

A conviction in LaManno's death would bring a sentence of up to life in prison, with parole not considered for 25 years.

Although none of the three victims was Jewish, federal prosecutors have said the killings were a hate crime as Cross appeared to be targeting Jewish people.

Cross is a convicted felon who was known by law enforcement and human rights groups under the name Glenn Miller as a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan movement and someone who has repeatedly expressed hatred for Jewish people.

Before the shootings, Cross had posted on the web that he had an "obsessive hatred for Jews," and discussed his operation of a paramilitary organization in the 1980s and his use of stolen money to found a group called "The White Patriot Party" in North Carolina.

Cross also describes on the website how he became a federal informant, testifying against other white supremacists, and eventually entering the federal witness protection program. His website states that he received a new identity and financial support. He lived in Iowa with his family before moving to the rural community of Aurora, Missouri.

But, the website says, he never ceased working to expose what he called "my GD Jew enemies."

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Olathe and Carey Gillam in Overland Park; editing by Gunna Dickson)

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arcoregar April 25 2014 at 8:27 AM

This guy is a complete tool. He turned on people that he is the very thing of, entered the federal witness protection program then turns around and murders because of his warped beliefs...that was money well spent.

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Karissa arcoregar April 25 2014 at 8:36 AM

He most likely testified against them to save his own rear end from jail time, but that did not mean he was testifying out of any other sense than that of self preservation. I agree with you, he's a disgusting excuse for humanity.

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cshae89546 April 25 2014 at 7:07 AM

"Cross also describes on the website how he became a federal informant, testifying against other white supremacists, and eventually entering the federal witness protection program." If this is true, it would seem to put the DOJ and the federal government in a position not unlike that of Fast and Furious . This guy was on the street because they allowed him to be fully knowing what he was all about.

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rjhhotr April 25 2014 at 9:09 AM

bullet in his head and be done with this piece of s_ _t

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trstrap April 25 2014 at 12:50 AM

Oh my - fry fry fry

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willscarlet1a April 25 2014 at 9:15 AM

Yea right and the man in the tin hat is listening to every word we say.If he were in the WPP the feds would have scooped him up and we would still be looking for a shooter.

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alleykat74 willscarlet1a April 25 2014 at 9:23 AM

What part of witness protection escapes you? This guy is low hanging fruit and doesn't have enough juice to warrant any type of special treatment. Besides, if someone in witness protection commits a crime, the DOJ has no other choice than to prosecute. I'm sure there have been other cases that might have seemed like special treatment has been offered, but nothing is for free and that is probably why he is in witness protection in the first place. That and the fact that racists can't even be true to their own when faced with their own demise. You have to respect karma...enough said.

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FRIEDA April 25 2014 at 9:25 AM

He should be drawn and quartered. THere is no room in our country for and kind of hatred . Death penalty is too easy . His luxury ,protected life is a farce.

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becky April 25 2014 at 12:45 AM

I am pretty sure when you murder someone it is because of hate.

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us118 April 25 2014 at 12:44 AM

Total Nut Job !!

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us118 April 25 2014 at 12:44 AM

Total Nut Job !!

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arnoldsblues April 25 2014 at 12:42 AM

I am anti the death penalty but would make an exception for garbage like Cross--

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Lloyd/Linda arnoldsblues April 25 2014 at 7:43 AM

can't conveniently pick and choose who You think should deserve the death penalty. You are either "in" or "out".

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