Avowed anti-Semite who killed 3 at Kansas Jewish sites appeals death sentence
An avowed anti-Semite who shot three people to death in 2014 at two Kansas City Jewish sites in 2014 is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn his death sentence, saying he should not have been allowed to represent himself at trial.
The appeal from Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. is scheduled to go before the Kansas Supreme Court on Monday. He was convicted in August 2015 of one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder, and assault and weapons charges.
Miller’s attorneys argue that the Johnson County Court judge who oversaw his trial should not have allowed him to represent himself. They say the judge did not consider whether Miller had mental health issues that would make him incompetent to represent himself in a complex capital case.
Miller, from Aurora, Mo., also argues that the judge should have allowed him to present mitigating evidence during the penalty phase, and that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.
Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Close, testified during his trial that he drove to the Kansas City area in April 2014 to kill Jews before he died. He said at the time that he didn’t expect to live long because he had chronic emphysema.
He ambushed and killed William Corporon, 69, and Corporon’s 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park. He then shot 53-year-old Terri LaManno at the nearby Village Shalom retirement center.
All of his victims were Christians.
Suspect in Kansas Jewish center shootings has long history of hate
During the trial, Miller frequently interrupted proceedings with outbursts aimed at the judge, jury and prosecutor. After he was convicted, he said he didn’t care if he was sentenced to death.
In his closing arguments during the penalty phase, Miller spent nearly an hour complaining that Jewish people were running the government, media and U.S. Federal Reserve. He yelled, “Heil Hitler!”, when he was sentenced to death.
Miller is a Vietnam War veteran who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in his native North Carolina and later the White Patriot Party. He also ran on a white-power platform during campaigns for the House of Representatives in 2006 and the Senate in 2010 in Missouri.
Start your day right
Sign up for Essential California for the L.A. Times biggest news, features and recommendations in your inbox six days a week.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.