White supremacist aiming to kill Jews convicted in 3 Kansas murders

By REUTERS
September 1, 2015 00:40

Cross, who acted as his own attorney at trial, admitted the killings on the witness stand last week, and said he was motivated to kill Jews because he believes they have too much power.

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Frazier Glenn Cross Jr, also known as Glenn Miller, sits in a courtroom in Olathe, Kansas

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr, also known as Glenn Miller, sits in a courtroom in Olathe, Kansas. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A man who admitted in court to wanting to kill Jews was found guilty on Monday of murdering three people, including a teenage boy, outside two Jewish centers in Kansas last year.

A seven-man, five-woman jury took less than two hours to convict Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, on the three murders as well as on three counts of attempted murder for firing at other people during the same shooting spree in April 2014.

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None of the three victims were Jewish.

Jurors will next decide if Cross should get the death penalty.

Cross, who acted as his own attorney at trial, admitted the killings on the witness stand last week, and said he was motivated to kill Jews because he believes they have too much power and are destroying the white gentile race.

Prosecutors charged Cross with murdering Reat Underwood, 14, and Underwood's grandfather, 69-year-old William Corporon, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, as well as 53-year-old Terri LaManno, 53, outside a Jewish retirement home. Both the facilities are located in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Cross said he did not find out until days after the murders that none of his victims were Jewish.

Cross, who is in a wheelchair and has sometimes used an oxygen tank due a lung illness, told jurors that he risked his life that day in April of last year to do something important for the cause of white people.

"Everything I did was for you, for your children, your grand children and for future generations of our people," Cross told the jury.


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