White Supremacist Not Ready for Court, Judge Says

Published June 16, 2009

A federal judge said Monday that the White supremacist accused of killing a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is physically unable to appear in court right now.

The suspect, 88-year-old James von Brunn, was shot in the face after shooting to death 39-year-old museum security officer Stephen T. Johns. Brunn, who is in critical but stable condition, allegedly shot the African-American guard in the chest with a vintage rifle after Johns opened the door for him.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola determined that an initial hearing with von Brunn, either at the courthouse or in his hospital room, would not be possible next week.

"Obviously, he's not able to get to court," Facciola said after their discussion. He scheduled another hearing for next Monday to get an update. Brunn is expected to live.

Written by BET.com Staff

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