The Latest on Jewish shootings: Nazi salute after conviction

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Posted: Aug 31, 2015 6:06 PM
The Latest on Jewish shootings: Nazi salute after conviction

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a white supremacist charged with capital murder for the deaths of three people at two Jewish sites in the Kansas City area (all times local):

5:10 p.m.

A white supremacist has given jurors a Nazi salute after they convicted him of capital murder and other charges for killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites.

It took the jury of seven men and five women just over two hours to find Frazier Glenn Miller guilty of one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder and assault and weapons charges.

After the verdict was announced, Miller, said: "The fat lady just sang." As jurors were filing out of the courtroom, he raised his right arm in the Nazi salute and told them: "You probably won't sleep tonight."

He faces the death penalty. Sentencing proceedings are scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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4:20 p.m.

A jury has convicted a white supremacist of killing three people at Kansas City-area Jewish sites last year.

Jurors returned their verdict Monday against Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who admitted that he killed the three in April 2014, but argued that he was compelled to do it because Jewish people are trying to wipe out the white race. None of the victims was Jewish.

Miller had been representing himself after firing his lawyers in May.

Prosecutors had begun their case against Miller by quoting him after the shootings saying he hated Jews and asking how many did he get. They rested their case Thursday, barely four days into the trial. Proceedings moved swiftly because Miller asked witnesses very few questions.

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2:10 p.m.

The jury is deliberating the fate of a white supremacist who admitted fatally shooting three people last year at two Kansas City-area Jewish sites.

Before jurors got the case, defendant Frazier Glenn Miller — who is representing himself — delivered a rambling closing argument in which he described "floating on a cloud" after the killings. The 74-year-old Aurora, Missouri, man said he was motivated by "the genocide against white people by Jews" and urged jurors to "show great courage" by finding him not guilty.

Prosecutors described a "mountain of evidence" against him. If convicted, Miller could face the death penalty.

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12:40 p.m.

A Kansas judge has called a 30-minute recess in closing arguments of a white supremacist's murder trial after the defendant said he had a medical issue and couldn't continue.

District Attorney Steve Howe gave his closing argument Monday in the case against Frazier Glenn Miller, who is accused of killing three people in April 2014 at two Jewish sites in the Kansas City area. He said there was a "mountain of evidence" against Miller.

Miller is representing himself at trial. When it was his turn to give a closing argument, Miller told the judge he had a medical issue without elaborating. He has emphysema, is in a wheelchair and has frequently used an oxygen tank in court.

Earlier, Miller objected when Howe alleged he wanted to kill as many people as possible. Miller interjected: "I wanted to kill Jews, not people."

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11:25 a.m.

The capital murder trial of a white supremacist who admitted killing three people at two Jewish sites in the Kansas City area is headed to closing arguments.

A judge briefly halted the proceedings Monday morning after the defendant, Frazier Glenn Miller, made disparaging comments about the court system. Miller is representing himself in the case.

After a recess during which Miller was ejected from the courtroom, the judge allowed him back in and continued with a discussion about jury instructions. Miller made several objections that were overruled, at one point even citing George Washington.

Each side is allowed 40 minutes for closings. Prosecutors will begin and also can save some of their time for the end, after Miller addresses the jury.

If convicted, Miller could face the death penalty.

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10:45 a.m.

A Kansas judge is warning a white supremacist that he will permanently eject him from the courtroom or declare a mistrial if there are further outbursts during his murder trial.

While discussing jury instructions Monday morning, Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan told Frazier Glenn Miller that he must "behave" in order to continue to represent himself in the death penalty case. Miller groused before finally agreeing, "I will take it under advisement and try to improve."

Ryan ejected Miller from the courtroom before closing arguments scheduled for Monday after Miller said he didn't respect the process by using an anti-Semitic comment to criticize the court system.

Miller has admitted but pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting three people in April 2014 at two Jewish sites in the Kansas City area.

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10 a.m.

A judge has ejected a white supremacist from a Kansas courtroom after the man objected to jury instructions in his murder trial, saying he doesn't respect the process.

Frazier Glenn Miller is acting as his own attorney. The 74-year-old repeatedly complained Monday that the court was telling the jurors what to think.

Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan had been preparing the jury for closing arguments.

Miller called the instructions unconstitutional. The judge told him to show some respect and Miller replied that he had none, prompting his ejection.

Miller has admitted he fatally shot three people at two Jewish sites in the Kansas City area in April last year, but pleaded not guilty, calling the death of Jews necessary.

He could face the death penalty if convicted.