Murder Charges Filed in U.S. Jewish Center Shooting

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FILE - Glenn Miller, leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1984. Miller is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, the suspect of Sunday's shooting.Credit: AP

Kansas state prosecutors Tuesday filed murder charges against the man accused in the slayings of three people at Jewish facilities in Kansas.

Two charges were filed against Frazier Glen Cross, 73, a man with a long history of anti-Jewish hatred including Ku Klux Klan membership, according to broadcast remarks by Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, who spoke in Overland Park, Kansas where the shootings occurred Sunday.

The charges include one of capital murder for shooting a young boy of 14, Reat Underwood, and his grandfather, William Corporon, a physician who had taken the youth to the Jewish Community Centre to audition for a singing competition.

The second charge is one of premeditated murder for killing a 53-year old woman, Terri LaManno, who had been visiting her mother at Village Shalom, a retirement center.

Cross could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted. Bond was set at 10 million dollars.

Additional charges of illegal possession of firearms could be filed because Cross has served prison time and is considered a felon, the official said.

All three of Cross's victims were Christians.

Federal prosecutors are considering their own hate-crimes charges against Cross.

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