KANSAS CITY - A judge warned a Missouri white supremacist, accused of murdering three people outside two Kansas City-area Jewish centers, not to speak about his hatred of Jews in the opening statement of his trial on Monday.
Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan, is representing himself in the capital murder case and sought to explain to jurors the multiple reasons he hates Jewish people.
"If I can't explain why I did it then I have no chance of being found not guilty," Cross told Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan after Ryan halted Cross' opening statement and ordered jurors to leave the courtroom.
Cross told the judge and had attempted to tell jurors that Jews are guilty of genocide against white people and have unfair control of both the media and financial institutions.
Ryan said Cross' views about Jews were not relevant in the guilt phase of trial but may be brought in the penalty phase if he is convicted.
Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, could be sentenced to death if convicted of the April 2014 fatal shootings of Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, as well as Terri LaManno, 53, outside a Jewish retirement home in Overland Park, Kansas.
None of the victims was Jewish.
Cross also is charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at three other people outside the facilities. He has pleaded not guilty. His trial is expected to last three to four weeks.