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Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74, of Aurora, MO, faces charges including three counts of capital murder, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied building. This comes after the attacks on April 13, the eve of Passover. Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74, of Aurora, MO, faces charges including three counts of capital murder, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied building. This comes after the attacks on April 13, the eve of Passover.
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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

A Missouri man who has admitted to killing three people at two Jewish sites in Overland Park last year was allowed on Thursday to fire his attorneys and will defend himself in his death penalty case.

However, Johnson County District Court Judge Kelly Ryan ruled during a motions hearing Thursday that defense attorneys for Frazier Glenn Cross may help him with procedural aspects of the case, such as filing motions. Ryan said he had reservations about allowing Cross to represent himself in a death-penalty case.

"I have no lawyer. I want to represent myself," Cross told the judge, adding that his defense attorneys "work for my enemy."

"The United States government is my enemy," Cross said.

Ryan said what Cross wanted to do "was not a good idea," and there is a "heightened need" for Cross to have legal representation. Defense attorneys will sit with Cross and can give him advance, but will not be allowed to make any arguments on his behalf.

"The death penalty doesn't bother me," Cross said. "Hell, six months from now I'll probably climb up on the gurney and stick the needle in myself."

Prosecutors informed the judge that if Cross, who is also known as Glenn Miller, wants to fire his lawyers the court should honor his request. Ryan said the August trial date will not be postponed, but did agree to provide Cross with access to a typewriter so he can file motions. Citing pretrial publicity, Cross intends to ask for a change of venue, which the judge will consider during a June 10 hearing.

Cross is charged with capital murder in the April 13, 2014 shooting deaths of 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon, 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and 53-year-old Terri LaManno in Overland Park.

Cross told The Associated Press last month he plans to plead guilty to capital murder. The Aurora man says his chronic emphysema is getting worse and he doesn't think he has the strength to make it through a lengthy trial.

This is Cross' second set of attorneys. The first set and he had clashed over his defense and beliefs.

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