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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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englishfleck April 25 2014 at 10:20 AM

What does it say about the FBI , that this guy was running an anti-Jewish hate site while in their protection ?

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jslrsj englishfleck April 25 2014 at 10:31 AM

whats wrong with hateing anyone, its America right.

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suzykabe April 25 2014 at 8:16 AM

Why isn't he being called a TERRORIST? Because that is what he is!

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tangledweb1027 April 25 2014 at 8:17 AM

White supremacy is a crime which justifies giving this creep witness protection because he testified against other creeps? I don't get it.

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weeziebathome April 25 2014 at 8:24 AM

Why is he allowed to breath our air?

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pucpaul April 25 2014 at 8:26 AM

He's nothing but a little punkassbi*ch.

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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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Gmom55A April 25 2014 at 8:29 AM

Oooops, now that his where about in known, they can't do anything about his identity being revealed any more. Just let him out and post his name and address in the news :-)

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Billy Klein April 25 2014 at 8:35 AM

Would the court allow me ten minutes alone with this clown?

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harold April 25 2014 at 8:39 AM

So this dude committed heinous crimes and got government money for it too!! Makes me think of becoming a criminal.

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dltanner7 harold April 25 2014 at 8:56 AM

Run for Congress then, that's where a criminals like Issa end up. Good Luck if you do.

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tattooyouu April 25 2014 at 7:56 AM

Why the heck would they even put any amount of bond? (10 million) that leaves a remote chance of him getting out and fleeing. It should be NO BOND.

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gbaker9916 tattooyouu April 25 2014 at 8:22 AM

They set the bond so high that he can't possibly get out. But this also removes any appeal as to the denial of bond.

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