- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 30, 2009


The first court appearance for the man accused of killing a security guard last month at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was postponed again Thursday.

A. J. Kramer, the public defender for James W. von Brunn, said the next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2 inthe U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. von Brunn, a purported white supremacist and Holocaust denier, is charged with fatally shooting black security guard Stephen Johns, 39, upon entering the D.C. museum June 10.

Mr. von Brunn, 89, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on seven counts including first-degree murder, killing in a federal building and a new charge of bias-motivated crime. Four of the charges make him eligible for the death penalty.

Mr. von Brunn, of Annapolis, Md., has yet to appear in court because he is recovering in a hospital from a gunshot wound he received when other museum guards returned fire. The case was moved Wednesday from a magistrate judge to the courtroom of Judge Reggie B. Walton as a result of the grand jury’s action.

“You want my weapons — this is how you’ll get them,” Mr. von Brunn wrote in a notebook found inside his car, parked outside the museum, according to a police affidavit. “The Holocaust is a lie.”

His signature was included in the writings, the affidavit also states.

Mr. von Brunn served six years in prison for trying in 1981 to kidnap Federal Reserve Board members, purportedly over increasing interest rates.

The midday shooting occurred just blocks from the National Mall during the city’s high tourist season when Mr. von Brunn entered the museum and fired a shotgun he had concealed in his coat.

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