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Jury is selected in F. Glenn Miller capital murder case

F. Glenn Miller Jr. is charged in the April 13, 2014, shooting deaths of three people outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom care center in Overland Park.
F. Glenn Miller Jr. is charged in the April 13, 2014, shooting deaths of three people outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom care center in Overland Park. tljungblad@kcstar.com

A panel of 17 Johnson County residents was chosen Friday as jurors and alternates in the capital murder trial of F. Glenn Miller Jr.

The 74-year-old Miller, who is representing himself, is the first person facing a possible death sentence to go to trial in Johnson County since serial killer John E. Robinson Sr. in 2002.

Also known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., Miller is charged in the April 13, 2014, shooting deaths of three people outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom care center in Overland Park.

The panel – 12 jurors and five alternates – was chosen after a selection process that started Monday with 200 potential jurors.

The panel is made up of eight women and nine men.

They will not be sequestered during the trial, which is expected to last three to four weeks.

Before releasing the panel for the weekend, District Judge Kelly Ryan on Friday told members they could not discuss the case or allow anyone to discuss it with them.

They were told to return to the courthouse in Olathe on Monday morning for opening statements and the presentation of evidence.

After jurors were excused Friday, Ryan reiterated his warning to Miller that disruptive behavior in front of the jury could lead to him being removed from the courtroom or a mistrial being declared.

Miller told the judge that he did not want to cause a mistrial, but he said he was afraid he might say something that might “accidentally” violate the rules.

Ryan also explained to Miller that in opening statements he could provide jurors only with a sketch of what the evidence will be and not make arguments or express the political opinions he has frequently spoken about in prior hearings.

If jurors find Miller guilty of capital murder in the deaths of William Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno, a second trial phase will be held to determine if he is to be sentenced to death or life in prison with no parole.

Miller will have a wider latitude to make his arguments in that phase, Ryan told him.

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