Judge rejects defense argument in Jewish site shootings case

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Kansas shooter Frazier Glenn Miller in court.

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) – A judge has rejected a white supremacist’s effort to argue in court that the killings of three people at two Jewish sites in Kansas were necessary.

Johnson County Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan said at a hearing Friday that the “compelling necessity” defense could not be used in the guilt phase of Frazier Glenn Miller’s capital murder case.

The prosecution is seeking the death penalty in the case. Ryan didn’t rule out the possibility of letting Miller use the defense if he’s convicted of the killings and jurors have to decide if he will be sentenced to death.

Ryan said there was no “legal” or “logical” connection between the argument Miller presented and the 2014 killings at two Jewish sites in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park. Miller’s representing himself.

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press