White supremacist charged in Kansas Jewish center shootings faces competency hearing

December 18, 2014 14:08

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A Kansas judge will hear evidence on Thursday as to whether a white supremacist accused of killing three people at two Jewish facilities this year is competent to stand trial on capital murder charges.

Former Ku Klux Klan member Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74, also known as Glenn Miller, is charged with the shooting deaths in April in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

A month ago, Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan granted a motion filed by Cross's public defender to have a mental health professional evaluate his client's competency.

Cross, who attended a hearing last month in a wheelchair and with his hands and feet shackled, repeatedly said then that he did not want an evaluation and that he was ready for a trial to begin immediately.

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