Accused Holocaust Museum Shooter Dies

James von Brunn dead at 89 in prison hospital
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 6, 2010 1:56 PM CST
In this artist's drawing by Dana Verkouteren, James von Brunn is seen with defense attorney AJ Kramer in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)
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(Newser) – The 89-year-old man accused of a deadly shooting at the Holocaust museum in Washington has died in a prison hospital, a government official says. James von Brunn reportedly died at a federal complex in Butner, North Carolina. He had been awaiting trial for the killing of security guard Stephen T. Johns at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10.

Von Brunn had been wounded by return fire but survived. Officials at the prison hospital had previously said chronic medical problems had complicated a psychiatric evaluation for the suspect, a white supremacist who prior to the shooting had written racist and anti-Semitic screeds on the Internet.

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