- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 23, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors said Tuesday that a white supremacist accused of opening fire in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum still hasn’t recovered enough to appear in court but has been turned over to the District of Columbia’s Corrections Department.

Prosecutor Nicole Waid told U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola at a hearing that 88-year-old James von Brunn’s doctors say he won’t be ready for his first court appearance in the shooting until early next week.

Von Brunn faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of museum guard Stephen T. Johns, who had come to open the door for him. Von Brunn was hospitalized after being shot in the face by other guards. The FBI has said he is likely to survive.

Ward gave no specifics about von Brunn’s condition, except to say that he can hear and understand information about his case.

Attorneys said he was moved Friday from George Washington University Hospital, where he was taken after the shooting, to the Greater Southeast Community Hospital, where he can be overseen by corrections officials.

Facciola scheduled a hearing with von Brunn for June 30. Von Brunn’s court-appointed attorney, A.J. Kramer, said he has been in touch with his client and will let him know about the hearing.



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