Alleged Holocaust Shooter Might Get Death Penalty
The charges stem from the fatal shooting of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
Officials say the 89-year-old shot and killed museum guard Stephen T. Johns. Von Brunn was shot in the face by other guards in the June 10 shootout, but survived. He has been in a hospital since the shooting last month.
A seven-count indictment was handed down Wednesday in U.S. District Court, charging von Brunn with first-degree murder, killing in a federal building - both charges already lodged against von Brunn - and bias-motivated crime. Four of the charges make him eligible for the death penalty.
The case has sparked renewed calls for expanded hate crimes legislation.
PREVIOUSLY ON CRIMESIDER
June 19, 2009 - FBI Finds Child Porn On Museum Suspect's Computer
June 15, 2009 - Shooter's Son: I Wish Dad Died Instead
June 11, 2009 - James Von Brunn Charged With Murder
June 11, 2009 - New Face Of Holocaust Terror
June 10, 2009 - Update: Holocaust Museum Guard Dead
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