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Ryan questioned Miller/Cross extensively at a hearing Thursday to make sure he understood that he would conduct himself according to court decorum or be thrown out of court. The judge allowed the defendant to conduct his own defense with the proviso that his team of lawyers would take over should Miller/Cross get out of line. Currently, his lawyers are Mark Manna, (lead) Martin Warhurst, and JeffreyDazey.
At the first motion hearing scheduled for July 10 Miller /Cross is expected to seek a change of venue.
His team of defense lawyers have consistently sought an extension of the trial date stating that the August date does not give them enough time to prepare for the death penalty trial.
Miller/Cross, 74, who claims he is in poor health and could die soon, has been vocal at all his court appearances pushing for a speedy trial.
His defense attorneys have twice sought to enter a guilty plea for their client if the death penalty is taken off the table. The prosecution has refused.
A career white supremacist, Miller/Cross has contacted the press in an effort to tell his story and he can now be sure that he will be able to take the stand in his own defense.
Miller/Cross is accused of shooting two people at a Jewish Community Center in Overland Park Kansas and another person outside a Jewish retirement home. The shootings occurred just prior to Adolf Hitler’s birthday.
Miller/Cross is reported to have shouted “Heil Hitler” as he was arrested.
All during his court appearances Miller/Cross has shouted out the kinds of statements that would be picked up by the media. This hearing was no exception.
A former Green Beret, Miller had an extensive background in Ku Klux Klan leadership in North Carolina until he ran into Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center, who ran him out of North Carolina. He moved to the Missouri Ozarks where he was picked up on a weapons and conspiracy charge, turned state’s witness, picked up a light sentence and was reportedly under federal protection.
Most recently he helped distribute a white supremacist publication in and around Springfield, Mo and ran for Missouri public office.
The three people who he is accused shooting to death were not Jewish.
— Caroll Lucas