An elderly white supremacist accused of murdering three people at two Kansas Jewish centres stated he plans to plead guilty. Missouri native Frazier Glenn Miller told the Associated Press that he wants to avoid a long trial due to his failing health.
The 74-year-old is accused of fatally shooting 69-year-old William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson Reat Griffin Underwood at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Kansas City on 14 April 2014. According to the AP, Miller later killed 53-year-old Terri LaMano at a nearby Jewish retirement home.
He has admitted to planning the murders and later going through with the shootings. Miller told reporters he planned to use his trial as a way to "put the Jews on trial where they belong". Although Miller said he believes the killings were justified, he admitted that he regrets murdering Underwood.
According to USA Today, Miller has chronic emphysema and does not think he has long to live. "I'm not sure I have the stamina to go through all that," he told the AP. "I want to get it over with."
Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, is a former "grand dragon" of the Ku Klux Klan, according to the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC). The Vietnam War veteran founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina and the White Patriot Party, USA Today reported.
The accused killer was the target of a nationwide manhunt in 1987, which ended when he was discovered along with three other men in a rural Missouri home by federal agents. According to the AP, Miller was indicted on weapons charges, plotting to commit robbery and the assassination of Morris Dees, the founder of the SPLC. He served three years in federal prison for those charges.
The trial is set to begin on 17 August.