Holocaust Museum Shooter Indicted

Von Brunn faces death penalty on first-degree murder charges in DC
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2009 2:58 PM CDT
Holocaust Museum Shooter Indicted
This 1963 photo shows James Von Brunn displaying the cover design for a Maryland cookbook he illustrated.   (AP Photo)

The 89-year-old man who shot and killed a guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum last month was charged today with first-degree murder, killing in a federal building, and bias-motivated crime, among other accusations, the Washington Post reports. If convicted, James von Brunn faces life in prison, though four of the counts could also carry the death penalty, if prosecutors choose to seek it.

The seven-count indictment against the Maryland resident says he “willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation,” shot and killed Stephen Johns as the guard opened the door for him. Von Brunn, gravely injured in the firefight, remains under care at a ward for inmates in Washington. (More Holocaust Museum stories.)

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