KANSAS CITY — A federal weapons charge has been filed against a southwest Missouri man who is listed as a witness in a capital murder case in which a 73-year-old man is accused of fatally shooting three people at suburban Kansas City Jewish sites.
John Mark Reidle is accused of lying in his purchase of a Remington shotgun at a Walmart in southwest Missouri on April 9, according to the May 7 indictment. The indictment accuses Reidle of saying on a federal form that he was the buyer "when in fact as the defendant then knew, he was not the actual buyer of the firearm." The indictment does not say for whom authorities believe he bought the gun.
Reidle has pleaded not guilty to the charge of importing/manufacturing firearms and faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000 if convicted.
He is one of about 200 witnesses listed on the Johnson County, Kan., complaint against Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., as first reported Friday by The Kansas City Star.
Cross is accused of killing William Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kan., on April 13. Prosecutors said Cross then went to the nearby Village Shalom senior care facility and killed Terri LaManno, 53, of Kansas City.
Authorities say Cross used a shotgun in the shootings. A search warrant returned from the search of Cross's home in Aurora, Mo. that night said authorities found a manual for a Remington shotgun. The May 7 indictment accuses Reidle, who also lives in Aurora, of buying and lying about buying the same model. The indictment does not link the shotgun purchased to the April 13 killings.
Cross, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., is charged in Johnson County, Kan., with one count of capital murder in the deaths of Corporon and Underwood, and one count of first-degree murder in LaManno's slaying. He also faces three counts of attempted murder.
He's being held on $10 million bond.
Don Ledford, spokesman for the U.S. attorney for the western district of Missouri where the charge against Reidle was filed, said he could not comment beyond what's in the indictment. A call to a phone number at a Lawrence County address listed for Reidle went unanswered Friday.
Reidle's lawyer, Celeste Johns, declined to comment on whether Reidle's federal case is related to the charges against Cross.
"There is no co-defendant in my case," Johns said Friday. "And that's, of course, public record."