FBI: Jewish center shooting suspect did research before killings
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -
Computer printouts listing kosher places to eat, directions to synagogues and details of a Kansas City-area talent contest are among the evidence federal agents seized from the home of a Missouri man accused of fatally shooting three people at two Jewish sites last month.
Returns from an FBI search warrant served on the rural Aurora, MO, home of Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, also show agents seized several anti-Semitic publications, tax records and a copy of "Mein Kampf," Adolph Hitler's autobiographical and anti-Semitic manifesto.
Cross is accused of killing William Corporon, 69, and his grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, on April 13 in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park where Corporon had taken the teen to audition for the KC Superstar competition. Prosecutors said Cross then went to the nearby Village Shalom senior care facility and killed Terri LaManno, 53, who was there to visit her mother.
His attorney, Ron Evans with the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit, didn't immediately return a call Tuesday afternoon seeking comment.
An avowed white supremacist, Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., is charged in Johnson County with one count of capital murder for the deaths of Corporon and Underwood, and one count of first-degree murder in LaManno's slaying. All three victims were Christians.
The search warrant returns, provided Tuesday by the Lawrence County Circuit Court's office, show investigators also seized computer equipment, a book written by Cross titled "A White Man Speaks Out," a user's manual for a shotgun and three boxes of ammunition.
The search warrant was issued at 7:15 p.m. on April 13, several hours after the shootings 190 miles away in Kansas.
Cross, who was arrested shortly after LaManno's slaying, shouted "Heil Hitler" at television cameras when he was placed into a patrol car.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom has said the killings, in which the victims "happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time" are considered hate crimes. A federal grand jury is expected to review the slayings, Grissom said, though no federal charges have been filed.
Cross is being held on $10 million bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 29.
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