- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The white supremacist charged in the deadly shooting this summer of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington died Wednesday in a prison hospital.

James W. von Brunn, 89, died at a federal prison in Butner, N.C., where he was undergoing a court-ordered psychological evaluation before standing trial in federal court.

Mr. von Brunn died shortly before 1 p.m. EST, hospital spokeswoman Denise Simmons said.

Authorities say Mr. von Brunn on June 10 parked his car outside the downtown museum, entered the lobby and began firing from a shotgun he had concealed in a coat. The shots fatally struck guard Stephen T. Johns before Mr. von Brunn was shot in the head in a gunfight with other guards.

Mr. von Brunn has been a wheelchair. His court-appointed attorney, A.J. Kramer, said late last year the injuries his client suffered when he crumpled to the lobby floor were among his most serious.

Ms. Simmons said Mr. von Brunn had “a long history of poor health,” including sepsis and chronic congestive heart failure.

Mr. von Brunn posted his racist and anti-Semitic writings on the Internet.

He was charged with first-degree murder and several other charges that carried a possible death penalty. Mr. von Brunn was to stand trial in federal court in the District.

He was recovering in a D.C. hospital, then was transferred in September to the North Carolina facility at the request of Mr. Kramer and despite his objections.

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