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Suspect's Condition Still Critical; Arraignment Delayed

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

James W. von Brunn, the 88-year-old white supremacist charged with killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last week, remains in critical but stable condition at a D.C. hospital, federal prosecutors said yesterday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Waid declined to elaborate on von Brunn's condition during a brief hearing in the District's federal court. Von Brunn's attorney, federal public defender A.J. Kramer, said after the hearing that he met with his client Sunday at the hospital. He declined to elaborate on the meeting or von Brunn's condition.

Federal authorities have accused von Brunn of shooting Stephen T. Johns in the chest with a rifle shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday at the museum's 14th Street entrance. Two other guards returned fire, and von Brunn was struck in the face, authorities said. He is being treated at George Washington University Hospital.

After a brief conference with Waid and Kramer during yesterday's hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola said it did not appear that von Brunn was healthy enough to be arraigned for at least another week. He set a follow-up hearing for Monday morning.

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