A white supremacist charged with killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum appeared in court Wednesday in a wheelchair, the first time he has been seen publicly since the June shooting.
James von Brunn, 89, had been hospitalized since the June 10 shooting after reportedly being shot in the face by other guards. He was finally well enough to be in U.S. District Court in Washington after several delays, though he appeared to be wearing medical bracelets on his right wrist.
His attorney said in court that von Brunn's injuries make it difficult for him to hear and talk and that he cannot walk. However, he had no bandages on his face and no visible wounds.
A judge ordered he stay in jail while he waits for a trial.
During the 30-minute hearing, von Brunn's attorney asked that his client be evaluated to determine whether he's competent to stand trial. Von Brunn objected, at first shaking his head and then calling out "your honor." His attorney and the judge tried to stop him.