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Murder, Hate Crime Charges For Kansas Shooting Suspect

Authorities charged Miller with capital murder and premeditated first-degree murder. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

Murder, Hate Crime Charges For Kansas Shooting Suspect
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​Charges of capital murder were handed down Tuesday in the case of Frazier Glenn Miller — the Missouri white supremacist accused of fatally shooting three people outside two Jewish centers in Kansas. (Via KSHB)

Authorities charged Miller, also known by the alias Frazier Glenn Cross, with one count of capital murder and one count of of premeditated first-degree murder — charges that could lead to the death penalty if he's convicted. (Via CBS, whty.org)

“He’s charged with capital murder which is the most serious crime you can be charged with in Kansas." (Via WFTV)

Seventy-three-year-old Miller arrived for his first court appearance in a wheelchair, then appeared before the court via a video feed. (Via HLN, ABC)

Miller is accused of shooting 69-year-old grandfather William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson Reat Griffin Underwood outside a Jewish Community Center on Sunday. (Via CNN)

Then, moments later, shooting 53-year-old Terri Lamanno outside of Village Shalom, a Jewish assisted-living complex where she had been visiting her mother. (Via WHAS

He was later heard yelling a pro-Nazi salute as he was arrested. (Via WLS-TV)

“Heil Hitler!” (Via WLS-TV)

Miller will also face Federal hate crimes charges. Though none of the victims in either shooting were Jewish, The Washington Post Reports, “what matters is the bias of the person committing the crime, even if the victims do not belong to the group targeted — in this case believed to be Jews.”

And that bias might not be all that difficult to prove.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, has followed Miller for years, and as KCTV reports:

“He also goes by Frazier Glenn Miller and is the former ‘Grand Dragon’ of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. He also founded another klan group — the White Patriot Party.” (Via KCTV)

Outside of Miller’s alleged anti-semitic views no motive has yet been determined in the shootings. His bond has been set at $10 million.