- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 2, 2009


James W. von Brunn, the 89-year-old man charged with killing a security guard this summer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, appeared in federal court Wednesday morning, after several missed appearances while recovering from a gunshot wound.

Mr. von Brunn was denied bail and objected to a request by court-appointed attorney A.J. Kramer that he undergo psychological evaluation.

“The Constitution guarantees me a speedy and fair trail,” Mr. von Brunn said in a steady but difficult to understand voice. “I’m a U.S. citizen and a U.S. Naval officer.”

Mr. von Brunn, a purported white supremacist and Holocaust denier, has been hospitalized since the June 10 incident in which he purportedly shot black guard Stephen Johns, 39, inside the museum lobby.

He arrived at the courthouse at about 10 a.m. in a wheelchair, unable to walk and struggling to hear from his right ear. He had been shot in the head during a gun battle with two other guards, then crashed to the lobby floor at the museum.

Judge Reggie B. Walton granted the request for the evaluation and set Mr. von Brunn’s next court appearance for Oct. 14.

A grand jury has indicted Mr. von Brunn on seven counts including first-degree murder, killing in a federal building and committing a bias-motivated crime.

Four of the charges make Mr. von Brunn, of Annapolis, Md., eligible for the death penalty.

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