(JTA) – Jury selection began in the trial of the white supremacist who has admitted to killing three people outside two Jewish facilities in a suburb of Kansas City.
The trial of Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who is representing himself, began Monday. Jury selection is expected to last a week.
Miller, 74, shot two people outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, and one person outside Village Shalom, a Jewish assisted-living facility.
During an appearance in U.S. District Court in Johnson City, Kansas, last month, Miller said he would argue that he committed the April 13, 2014, attacks in order to stop “the Jewish genocide of the white race.”
Miller, a former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon who also goes by Frazier Glenn Cross, is charged with capital murder. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.
Miller told the Kansas City Star last month that he began planning the attacks when he became so sick with emphysema that he thought he would die soon and that he conducted reconnaissance missions of the JCC and Village Shalom in the days before the shootings.
“I wanted to make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died,” he told the newspaper. None of his three victims were Jewish.