An avowed antisemite who testified that he wished to kill Jews and was sentenced to death after he shot and killed three people at Jewish websites in suburban Kansas City in 2014 has died in jail, the Kansas Department of Corrections stated Tuesday.
Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 80, died Monday on the El Dorado Correctional Facility, the place he was serving a sentence for capital homicide, tried homicide, assault and firearms convictions.
An post-mortem will likely be carried out to find out a reason behind dying, however preliminary indications had been that Miller died of pure causes, Carol Pitts, a spokeswoman for the corrections division, stated in a information launch. She declined to remark additional on Miller’s dying or medical situation.
In March, Miller’s attorneys argued earlier than the Kansas Supreme Court that his dying sentence ought to be overturned, partly as a result of they stated he mustn’t have been allowed to characterize himself at trial.
Miller drove from his residence in Aurora, Missouri, decided to kill Jews. On April 13, 2014, he ambushed William Corporon, 69; and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, on the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. He then drove to the close by Village Shalom care middle and killed Terri LaManno. None of the victims had been Jewish.
Miller, often known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., testified at trial that he wished to kill Jewish individuals earlier than he died. He stated he didn’t anticipate to reside lengthy as a result of he had continual emphysema.
During his trial and at his sentencing, Miller continuously interrupted the proceedings to provide rambling statements about his perception that Jewish individuals had been operating the federal government, media and the Federal Reserve.
During his closing arguments at trial, Miller stated he had been “floating on a cloud” because the killings. When he was convicted and when he was sentenced to dying, Miller raised his arm within the Nazi salute.
Miller was a Vietnam War veteran who based the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in his native North Carolina and later the White Patriot Party. He additionally ran on a white energy platform throughout campaigns for the U.S. House in 2006 and the U.S. Senate in 2010 in Missouri.
In arguments earlier than the Kansas Supreme Court in March interesting his dying sentence, Miller’s attorneys argued that he was incapable of understanding the authorized intricacies of an advanced dying penalty case and mustn’t have been allowed to characterize himself, regardless that he insisted on being his personal lawyer.
Attorney Reid Nelson stated Miller’s standby attorneys ought to have been allowed to intervene in the course of the penalty section.