- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The psychological evaluation for the man charged with killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, in Washington, will be completed by Nov. 8, the defendant’s attorney said Wednesday morning.

Public defender A.J. Kramer made the announcement during a status hearing in a U.S. District Court. He said the evaluation for client James W. von Brunn ends Nov. 8 and the report will be completed within 14 working days. The next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30.

Authorities say Mr. von Brunn, an 89-year-old white supremacist, walked into the museum June 10 and fatally shot guard Stephen T. Johns. Mr. von Brunn is charged with first-degree murder and several other charges that carry a possible death penalty if he is convicted.

Mr. Von Brunn was transferred last month to the Federal Medical Center, in Butner, N.C., to be evaluated for competency to stand trial.

The evaluation was requested by Mr. Kramer and ordered by a judge, despite Mr. von Brunn’s objections.

Mr. von Brunn, who was shot in the head when other security guards returned fire, remains in a wheelchair. He was not arraigned until September because of his injuries.

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