The man who admitted killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites was convicted of murder and other charges Monday, shortly after he told jurors he hoped to "die a martyr" for the shootings.
After the jury of seven men and five women returned the verdict, Frazier Glenn Miller, 74, said "the fat lady just sang." Next, the jury will deliberate the sentence for Miller, who could face the death penalty.
During the prosecution's closing, District Attorney Steve Howe cited a "mountain of evidence" against Miller, who is charged with capital murder in the April 2014 shootings at two Jewish sites in Overland Park, Kansas. Although he has admitted to killing the three people, he has pleaded not guilty, saying it was his duty to stop genocide against the white race. None of the victims was Jewish.
"He wants to be the one who decides who lives and dies," Howe said of Miller.
The Passover eve shootings killed William Corporon, 69, Corporon's 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, and Terri LaManno, 53, at two separate locations.
During his closing, Miller said he had been "floating on a cloud" since the killings. Earlier, he objected when Howe alleged he wanted to kill as many people as possible. Miller interjected: "I wanted to kill Jews, not people."
Miller urged jurors to "show great courage" and find him not guilty.
"You have the power in your hands to inspire the world," he said. "You can become a man or woman your forefathers will be proud of for your bravery."
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