Judge rules Kansas City JCC shooter to be tried for capital murder

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Frazier Glenn Miller, the man charged with murdering three people outside two Kansas City-area Jewish institutions, will go on trial for capital murder, a judge ruled.

Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan on Tuesday ruled that there is enough evidence to try Miller, who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., for the April 13, 2014 murders of three people — William Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson Reat Underwood in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., and Terri LaManno in the parking lot at Village Shalom, a Jewish assisted-living facility a few blocks away. None of the victims were Jewish.


In addition to capital murder, Miller is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault and one count of criminal discharge of a weapon at a structure.

State prosecutors have said that they will seek the death penalty.

He will be arraigned on March 27.

Miller, a former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon, told the Kansas City Star that he began planning the attacks when he became so sick with emphysema that he thought he would soon die and that he conducted reconnaissance missions of the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in the days before the shootings.

“I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died,” he told the newspaper.