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Suspect in Missouri Had a History of Racism ; Attack on Jewish Centers Will Be Prosecuted as Hate Crime, the Authorities Say

Newspaper article International New York Times

Suspect in Missouri Had a History of Racism ; Attack on Jewish Centers Will Be Prosecuted as Hate Crime, the Authorities Say

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Prosecutors declined to say Monday when Frazier Glenn Miller will be formally charged, but said the case would be presented to a grand jury.

A white supremacist accused of killing three people outside a Jewish Community Center and at a nearby retirement community in a suburb of Kansas City, Mo., will be charged by both state and federal prosecutors for the killings, the authorities said Monday.

The federal authorities said they planned to file hate-crime charges against Frazier Glenn Miller, 73, of Aurora, Mo., who had spoken and written frequently over the years about his hatred for Jews, blacks, immigrants and others.

Prosecutors declined to say on Monday when Mr. Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, would be formally charged, but said the case would be presented to a grand jury.

"We are in a very good place from an evidence standpoint," said Barry R. Grissom, the United States Attorney for Kansas.

The attack on Sunday afternoon started at a parking lot in the back of the sprawling community center near a theater, the police said. The suspect fired several shots and left. Several minutes later, an emergency call came from the retirement community, Village Shalom, reporting shots fired.

Mr. Miller was taken into custody at a local elementary school near the community, the police said. In video taken by KMBC, a local television station, the suspect yelled "Heil Hitler!" while sitting in a police car.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization that tracks hate groups, said Mr. Miller was the founder and grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

Officials said Monday that while Mr. Miller appeared to have sought to kill Jewish people, none of the three people who died were Jewish.

The dead were identified as William Lewis Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, who were shot in the parking lot at the Jewish Community Center, and Terri LaManno, 53, of Kansas City, Mo., who was shot at a parking lot at Village Shalom, where her mother lived, about a mile and a half away.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said it had sued Mr. Miller in the 1980s for intimidating African-Americans, and he has had several run-ins with the law since then. …

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