Accused Jewish Community Center Shooter Found Guilty On All Counts
Updated: 4:17 p.m.
A Johnson County jury has found Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. guilty of all charges in the shooting deaths of three people at Overland Park Jewish sites.
Cross was charged with a single count of capital murder, three counts of first degree attempted murder, one count of aggravated assault and one count of criminal discharge of a firearm at a building.
After hearing the first verdict, Cross said, "I think the fat lady just sang," and then yelled, "Sieg heil!"
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A Johnson County, Kansas, jury is deliberating capital charges against Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., the white supremacist accused of killing three people last spring in an anti-Semitic shooting spree.
Cross had to be removed from the courtroom after the 17-member panel was whittled down to 12. He objected to how the court selected the alternates, by picking numbers out of a box.
But Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan, with whom Cross has clashed frequently, reminded Cross he agreed to the selection procession at an earlier hearing.
Cross, who is representing himself, made frequent mention of a supposed “white genocide” in his closing arguments, and he told jurors he opened fire at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom to send a message to powerful Jews.
“I gained nothing for myself,” Cross said. “There was nothing selfish about what I did. I didn’t steal anything, I didn’t cheat anybody. What I did was not for me. Everything I did was for you, for your children, your grandchildren, and future generations of our people.”
He framed jurors’ choice as one of “great courage or slave-like cowardice.”
District Attorney Steve Howe took exception with Cross’ claim he hadn’t robbed anyone.
“I submit to you, ladies and gentleman, he cheated people of the very thing that means so much,” Howe said during his rebuttal. “He cheated the lives of William Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno.”
If convicted, Cross could face the death penalty.