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Kansas City JCC shooter says killings were necessary

(JTA) – The Missouri white supremacist charged with murdering three people at two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City last year told a court that the killings were necessary and his “right.” Frazier Glenn Miller, 74, who is representing himself, appeared in U.S. District Court in Johnson County, Kansas, last Friday, July 17. Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan said Miller could not use the “compelling necessity” defense following an hour-long speech by the defendant about Caitlyn Jenner, AIDS, Israel, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, British wartime leader Winston Churchill, the Rev. Billy Graham and a Jewish conspiracy he alleged was behind the sitcom “All in the Family,” according to Associated Press. Miller said he would use the defense to argue that he committed the attacks in order to stop “the Jewish genocide of the white race.” Miller told the Kansas City Star that he began planning the attacks when he became so sick with emphysema that he thought he would die soon. “I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died,” he said. None of the victims were Jewish. The trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Aug. 17.

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