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White supremacist indicted in Holocaust Museum shooting

July 29, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal grand jury has indicted the white supremacist accused of fatally shooting a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Hate crimes charges have been 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. Von Brunn was shot in the face by other guards.

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 von Brunn -- and bias-motivated crime. The case has sparked renewed calls for expanded hate crimes legislation.

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