A recognized anti-Semite who testified that he wanted to kill Jews and was sentenced to death after he shot and killed three people of Jewish sites in the suburbs of Kansas City in 2014 died in prison, the Kansas Penitentiary said Tuesday.
Fraser Glenn Miller Jr., 80, died Monday at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, where he was serving a sentence for murder, attempted murder, assault and firearms.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, but preliminary indications are that Miller died of natural causes, said Carol Pitts, a spokeswoman for the correction department, in a news release. She declined to comment further on Miller̵
In March, Miller’s lawyers argued before the Kansas Supreme Court that his death sentence should be overturned., partly because they said he should not have been allowed to represent the trial.
Miller left his home in Aurora, Missouri, determined to kill Jews. On April 13, 2014, he ambushed William Corporon, 69; and his 14-year-old grandson, Reith Underwood, at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. He then went to a nearby care center in the village of Shalom and killed Terry LaMano. None of the victims are Jewish.
Miller, also known as Fraser Glenn Cross Jr., testified during the trial that he wanted to kill Jews before he died. He said he did not expect to live long because he had chronic emphysema.
During the trial and the sentenceMiller often interrupted the process to make excited statements about his belief that Jews run the government, the media, and the Federal Reserve.
During his concluding arguments during the trial, Miller said he “floated in a cloud” from the killings. When convicted and sentenced to death, Miller raised his hand in a Nazi salute.
Miller is a Vietnam War veteran who founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in his native North Carolina, and later the White Patriots Party. He also ran for a white power platform during campaigns for the American House in 2006 and the US Senate in 2010 in Missouri.
In arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court in March, appealing his death sentence, Miller’s lawyers argued that he was unable to understand the legal intricacies of the complex death penalty case and should not be allowed to represent himself, although insists on being his own lawyer.
Attorney Reid Nelson said Miller’s lawyers on standby should have been allowed to intervene during the criminal phase.
Associated Press writer John Hannah of Topeka, Kansas, contributed to the report.
The story has been corrected to show that Miller is also known as Fraser Glen Cross Jr., not Fraser Glen Close.