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Olathe Kan.-Little Rock, Ark — Two capital murder cases, one in Kansas and one in Arkansas, one involving a career white supremacist, the other a nobody, one carrying the death penalty, the other may not — Both have something in common.
They have both been given the right to present their own defense.
White supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller/Cross, 73, after wrangling with defense attorneys and insisting on a speedy trial as his attorneys dragged their feet recently won approval from Johnson County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Ryan to defend himself in court.
He is expected to make his first appearance tomorrow June 10. A motion for a change of venue is among the 22 motions up on that date. His trial date currently is set for Aug 17. His attorneys have sought a continuance protesting that they could not be ready to argue a death penalty case in that short a time.
Miller/Cross, who suffers from a lung affliction, has contended that he will die before he gets to trial. His judge has ordered that his attorneys stay in the wings in case Miller/Cross does not adhere to court decorum. And there is a good chance of that, given his previous appearances in court where he has shouted out statements for the benefit of the press.
Miller/Cross is a high profile case. The white supremacist is accused of shooting three persons at Jewish sites in Overland Park, Kansas. This was an act that was designed to draw public attention. When arrested, he shouted “Heil Hitler” and the shooting occurred just before Adolf Hitler’s birthday. Since his arrest, Miller/Cross has been calling up the press and giving interviews.
Aaron Lewis, 35, is a nobody. A nobody who gained notoriety by kidnapping and killing a beautiful, well known North Little Rock Realtor. When asked why he targeted the Realtor, Lewis responded she was rich and an easy target. Lewis and his estranged wife Crystal Lowery, 42, are both charged with the crime. Lewis goes to trial on July 7. Lowery also has a hearing on July 7.
Like Miller/Cross, Lewis has been complaining about his attorney and told the judge that he had discharged him. Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Herbert Wright questioned Lewis about his ability to defend himself, and Lewis said he had some college and had won a suit against Benton County. Judge Wright allowed his request.
Lewis and his wife are charged with kidnapping North Little Rock Realtor Beverly Carter, killing her and leaving her in a shallow grave near Cabot. She was abducted from a house she was supposed to be showing in Scott.
Lewis will be the first to try his skills as a defense attorney out in full court. When court opens for trial on July 7, his first duty will be to question potential jurors, and when the trial opens he will be expected to give an opening statement. He will also be expected to cross examine prosecution witnesses.
One thing is certain, both men now believe that they will be in control of their defense and believe they will be able to put themselves on the stand and tell their story to the world.
One, the story of an avowed Fascist; the other, the story of a lower class man envious of those he perceived as rich.
Any defense attorney worth his salt wouldn’t put either one of them on the stand.
— Caroll Lucas