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Nation in brief: Charges added in museum killing

Von Brunn (Anonymous Anonymous / The Spokesman-Review)
Von Brunn (Anonymous Anonymous / The Spokesman-Review)

Washington – A federal grand jury indicted an elderly white supremacist Wednesday on charges that could earn him the death penalty in the fatal shooting of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Hate crimes charges were added to the case against James von Brunn, who has been in a hospital since the shooting last month.

Officials say the 89-year-old shot and killed museum guard Stephen T. Johns on June 10. Von Brunn was shot in the face by other guards but survived.

A seven-count indictment was handed up Wednesday in U.S. District Court, charging von Brunn with first-degree murder, killing in a federal building – both charges already lodged against him – and a new charge of bias-motivated crime. Four of the charges make him eligible for the death penalty.

Baby cut from womb found alive

Worcester, Mass. – A baby girl who was cut from her mother’s womb has been found alive and two people were arrested in the woman’s killing, police said late Wednesday.

The girl, whose mother’s body was found Monday in a closet at her Worcester apartment, appeared to be in “fairly good health” at a New Hampshire hospital, Worcester Police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst said.

Julie Corey, 35, of Worcester, Mass., and a male companion were arrested in Plymouth, N.H., where police found them with the child. Friends had told police they were suspicious of Corey’s claims she had given birth.

The baby’s mother, Darlene Haynes, was eight months pregnant. Haynes’ body was found by her landlord, William Thompson, who said a “horrifying smell” led him to her apartment, where he found her body wrapped in bedding in a closet. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Police said the 23-year-old had apparently been dead for several days.

“It’s horrific,” Thompson said Wednesday. “There’s no words to describe what’s going on in this building today.”