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Thursday, July 30, 2009

CRIME

Von Brunn Indicted in Shooting

James von Brunn was indicted on murder and hate crimes charges Wednesday in the fatal shooting last month of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in the District.

Von Brunn, 89, of Annapolis, was charged in a seven-count indictment with the June 10 slaying of Stephen T. Johns. Von Brunn, an admitted white supremacist, is accused of shooting Johns as the guard opened the door for him. Other guards returned fire, wounding von Brunn in the face.

Von Brunn has been too ill to appear in court, according to his attorney and federal prosecutors. In early July, von Brunn was able to speak occasionally but was "under constant care of the nurses and doctors" in a secure ward for D.C. jail inmates at United Medical Center, said A.J. Kramer, his attorney.

The indictment says von Brunn "willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation" shot Johns. Von Brunn was charged in the indictment with first-degree murder and related hate crime and gun violations.

-- Del Quentin Wilber

Suspicious Death in Alexandria

A man was found dead in a car at an Alexandria apartment complex Wednesday night, and police called the death suspicious.

An officer on patrol was flagged down by a woman in the 700 block of Manor Road about 6:30 p.m., said police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt.

The woman led the officer to a car parked outside the Lloyd apartments, where the officer discovered a man with trauma to his upper body, Hildebrandt said.

The man's name had not been released, and authorities had not determined the cause of death, Hildebrandt said. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, she said.


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