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Alleged Jewish Community Center Assailant Faces Additional Charges

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Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Prosecutors have charged the neo-Nazi accused of killing three people at Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan., last month with several more felonies.

The Johnson County District Attorney’s office says Frazier Glenn Miller shot at and tried to kill three additional people, endangered a fourth and fired into the Jewish Community Center knowing there were people inside.

Prosecutors say Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, shot at Jason Coombes, Paul Temme and Mark Brodkey.

They say he committed aggravated assault against Margaret Hunker, by giving her reason to think she would be shot.  The judge in this case has placed a gag order on everyone involved, so Johnson County DA Steve Howe can’t comment, but criminal defense lawyer J.R. Hobbs says the original three murder charges were relatively narrow.

“If a prosecutor broadens the charge by adding other alleged victims it may make some statements, some of the pieces of evidence relevant that would not otherwise be relevant,” says Hobbs.

Hobbs says it might allow prosecutors to seek justice for the additional alleged victims. 

Prosecutors added the additional charges to three murder charges already lodged against Miller in the deaths of Reat Underwood, 14, his grandfather, William Corporon, 69, and Terri LaManno, 53.

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