By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles Times
OLATHE, Kan.: A self-styled white supremacist from Missouri appeared by video in a packed courtroom Tuesday and was charged with capital murder in the killings of three people outside two Jewish facilities.
Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, was charged with one count of capital murder and one count of premeditated first-degree murder in connection with the Sunday shooting at a Jewish Community Center and nearby Jewish retirement home.
If Cross is convicted of capital murder, under Kansas law, he could face the death penalty.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said he had not decided Tuesday whether to seek the death penalty, saying it was too early.
Bearded and looking haggard, Cross appeared before Judge Daniel Vokins in Johnson County District Court wearing a dark green uniform unlike the traditional black and white stripes worn by other inmates.
Cross had been issued a special uniform, called a “suicide prevention smock,” that’s sleeveless and secured at the sides with Velcro, according to a spokesman for the Johnson County Jail. Cross was issued the uniform based on the nature of his case, the spokesman said.
Cross did not speak much Tuesday. When he did, it was in a gruff voice, and he stared out with a slight scowl.
The judge asked if Cross wanted to hire an attorney.
“I don’t have the money,” he said. A public defender represented Cross.
Cross was being held on $10 million bond. His next hearing is set for April 24.
Cross did not enter a plea Tuesday; that will happen at a later hearing. The capital murder charge is related to the fatal shooting of Will Corporon, 69, and his grandson Reat Underwood, 14, in rapid succession. The premeditated murder count relates to the shooting of Terri LaManno, 53, soon after outside the nearby Village Shalom retirement home.
Cross has a four-decade career of supporting white supremacist causes. He served as the former grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.