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OLATHE, Kan. -- The man accused of killing three people at Jewish centers in Johnson County Thursday appeared in court with his lawyer, the chief attorney of Kansas' death penalty defense unit.

A crowd of mostly reporters, students and curious attorneys watched as deputies brought Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. into court in a wheelchair amid tight security.

Cross wore a orange jail jumpsuit and was handcuffed. While with his lawyer, Ron Evans, the reputed white supremacist could be heard asking who all the people were sitting in the courtroom.

Evans is head of the Kansas death penalty defense team and has been appointed to represent Cross. Evans asked the judge for 30 days so he and prosecutors can work out discovery issues in the case.

Cross is charged with one count of capital murder and one count of first degree premeditated murder in the deaths of Reat Underwood, 14, his grandfather, Dr. William Corporon, 69, and Terri Lamanno, 53. The shootings happened outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom, an assisted living center. Prosecutors have not yet indicated whether they will seek the death penalty in this case, but it's not unusual for the state's death penalty defense team to be involved whenever there is a capital murder charge.

Cross did not speak to the judge and the hearing lasted less than five minutes. He is scheduled to be back in court May 29, at 9 a.m. His attorney, Evans, declined to speak with reporters, citing a gag order imposed in the case.

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