Frazier Glenn Cross Jr, also known as Glenn Miller, sits in a courtroom in Olathe, Kansas.
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A Kansas jury on Tuesday said a white supremacist who shot three people to death outside two Jewish centers last year should be put to death.
Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan, was found guilty last month of killing Reat Underwood, 14, and his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, and Terri LaManno, 53, outside a Jewish retirement home, both in Overland Park, Kansas. The jury also convicted Cross of three counts of attempted murder for shooting at three other people.
Cross said during the trial he shot them because he thought they were Jewish but none of those killed were in fact Jewish.
Cross, who acted as his own attorney at trial, admitted the killings on the witness stand, and said he was motivated to kill Jews because he believes they have too much power and are destroying the white gentile race. He 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.