No delay for preliminary hearing in Overland Park triple homicide

His attorneys wanted to delay an upcoming preliminary hearing, but the man accused of killing three people outside Overland Park Jewish facilities had other ideas Friday.

“I’m ready to go right now,” said F. Glenn Miller Jr., 73. “I’m not getting any younger.”

That was good enough for Johnson County District Judge Kelly Ryan, who ruled that the preliminary hearing will go forward as scheduled Nov. 12.

Defense attorney Ron Evans requested the delay after prosecutors informed him they will seek the death penalty for Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross Jr.

“This puts the case in a different posture,” Evans said. “This is a death case.”

Evans said more time was needed for a second attorney, recently added to the defense team, to prepare for the hearing.

Miller is charged with capital murder in the April shooting deaths of Terri LaManno, 53, William Lewis Corporon, 69, and Reat Griffin Underwood, 14.

He also is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly firing shots at three other people who were not injured in the incidents that occurred outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom care center.

Although he is not required to formally declare his intent to seek a death sentence until after the preliminary hearing and arraignment, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said he wanted to notify Evans as soon as the decision was made.

“We’re ready to proceed,” Howe said.

Three days have been set aside for testimony in the preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to take the case to trial.

Miller has been jailed since the day of the killings.

Reach Tony Rizzo at 816-234-4435 or trizzo@kcstar.com.

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