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Forum News Service, Published April 14 2014

Cobb says suspect in Jewish center shootings is ‘very good friend’

BISMARCK – White supremacist Craig Cobb said Monday the suspect in the Sunday shooting deaths of three people at two Jewish centers in a Kansas City suburb is “a very good friend of mine.”

In a phone interview from jail, Cobb said he knows 73-year-old shooting suspect Frazier Glenn Cross from when they both worked on the Aryan Alternative, a tabloid newspaper published by white supremacist Alex Linder.

Cobb, who is being held in the Mercer County Jail in Stanton as he awaits sentencing on charges alleging he terrorized people in Leith, said he last spoke to Cross by phone on Thursday or Friday. He said Cross seemed upbeat and talked about his plans to have a cookout but didn’t hint at plans to attack anyone.

Authorities arrested Cross on Sunday after a shooting spree in Overland Park, Kan., that killed a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside a popular Jewish community center, and a woman visiting her mother at a nearby Jewish retirement home, Reuters reported.

“Doesn’t sound like Glenn, and I hope he didn’t do it,” Cobb said.

Law enforcement and human rights groups knew Cross as a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan and someone who had made anti-Jewish comments before, Reuters reported.

Sentencing for Cobb is set for 11 a.m. April 29 at the Burleigh County Courthouse in Bismarck.

Craig Cobb entered guilty pleas Feb. 27 to one charge of felony terrorizing and five counts of misdemeanor menacing as part of a plea deal with Grant County State’s Attorney Todd Schwarz that would require Cobb to serve four years of supervised probation but no additional jail time.