- The Washington Times - Monday, June 15, 2009

The man accused of fatally shooting a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Wednesday is in no condition to appear in court, a federal judge decided Monday.

After a consultation with defense and prosecution attorneys during a brief status hearing in U.S. District Court, Magistrate Judge John Facciola said it would be impossible for 88-year-old James W. von Brunn to appear within the next week in the courthouse or in his hospital room. Mr. von Brunn was shot in the face during the attack.

According to federal defense attorney A.J. Kramer.Mr. von Brunn, is in critical but stable condition at George Washington Hospital.

Mr. Kramer confirmed that he has been able to meet with his client, but declined to confirm whether he is able to speak. Mr. Von Bunn has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Stephen T. Johns.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Waid also declined to comment on Mr. von Brunn’s status.

The judge set another status hearing on Monday at 9:30 a.m.

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