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Fed Prosecutor Says Holocaust Museum Shooter Was on a Suicide Mission

This is such a sad, tragic incident committed by one scary, unstable guy. The judge has ordered a mental competency exam.

James von Brunn/facebook photo

James von Brunn/facebook photo

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The elderly white supremacist accused of killing a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in June was on a suicide mission and had planned the attack months in advance, a federal prosecutor said in court Wednesday.

Prosecutor Nicole Waid made the accusations during a brief hearing in the District’s federal court during which the suspect, James W. von Brunn, 89, spoke publicly for the first time since the shooting.

“The Constitution guarantees me a speedy and fair trial,” he said, sitting in a wheelchair, next to his defense attorney.

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