Confessed anti-Semite who testified he wanted to kill Jews and was sentenced to death after shooting and killing three people in Jewish sites in the Kansas City suburbs in 2014 died in prison, the Kansas Corrections Department said on Tuesday.
Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 80, died Monday at El Dorado Correctional Facility, where he was serving a sentence for capital murder, attempted murder, assault and firearms.
An autopsy will be performed to determine a cause of death, but the first indications were that Miller died of natural causes, Corrections spokesperson Carol Pitts said in a press release. She declined to comment further on Miller’s death or medical condition.
In March, Miller’s lawyers argued in the Kansas Supreme Court that his death sentence should be overturned., in part because they said he should not have been allowed to represent himself at trial.
Miller left his home in Aurora, Missouri, determined to kill Jews. On April 13, 2014, he ambushed William Corporon, 69; and her 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. He then went to the nearby Village Shalom health center and killed Terri LaManno. None of the victims were Jewish.
Miller, also known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., told the trial he wanted to kill Jews before he died. He said he didn’t expect to live long because he suffered from chronic emphysema.
During his trial and during his convictionMiller frequently interrupted proceedings to make rambling statements about his belief that the Jewish people run the government, the media, and the Federal Reserve.
During his pleadings at trial, Miller said he was “floating on a cloud” since the murders. When convicted and sentenced to death, Miller raised his arm in Nazi salute.
Miller was a Vietnam War veteran who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in his native North Carolina and later the White Patriot Party. He also ran on a platform of white power during campaigns for the United States House in 2006 and the United States Senate in 2010 in Missouri.
In arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court in March to appeal his death sentence, Miller’s lawyers argued that he was unable to understand the legal intricacies of a complex death penalty case and would not have not have been allowed to represent himself, even if he had insisted on being his. lawyer.
Attorney Reid Nelson said Miller’s standby lawyers should have been allowed to step in during the sanction phase.
Associated Press writer John Hanna in Topeka, Kansas contributed to this report.
The story has been corrected to state that Miller was also known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., not Frazier Glenn Close.