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Man on trial wants to wear Klan robes

Published Mar. 13, 1994|Updated Oct. 6, 2005

A man accused of murder wants permission to wear a Ku Klux Klan robe and be called "Hi Hitler" at his trial.

Donald Leroy Evans, a self-described white supremacist, is accused of strangling Ira Jean Smith, a Fort Lauderdale prostitute, in 1985.

Evans, 38, has been sentenced to death for murdering and raping a 10-year-old homeless girl in Mississippi. He has been connected to three killings, and investigators are examining claims that he killed 60 people in 21 states.

In a motion filed Friday with Broward Circuit Judge Sheldon Schapiro, Evans asked for an order requiring prosecutors, clerks and deputies "to revise and replace the name of Donald Leroy Evans with the honorable and respected name of Hi Hitler and for all records to be corrected to reflect "State of Florida vs. Hi Hitler.'

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According to courthouse personnel, Evans thought Adolf Hitler's followers said "Hi Hitler" rather than "heil Hitler."

Meanwhile, Hilliard Moldof, Evans' fourth attorney, is asking to be taken off the case. Moldof said Evans has threatened to harm him and has made anti-Semitic slurs.

Schapiro refused to change attorneys, saying he believes Evans is antagonizing his attorneys to gain trial delays. But the judge ordered increased security for the attorney's jail visits.

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