SAN DIEGO (KTLA) -- Prosecutors on Thursday played a 12-minute recording of a gunman calmly telling a 911 dispatcher that he had just fired an assault rifle inside a synagogue to save white people from Jews, describing terms for a peaceful surrender and scolding law enforcement for taking too much time to find him in his parked car.
John T. Earnest, 20, sat stone-faced with his arms folded on his lap during hours of testimony at a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for a judge to order him to stand trial on charges of murder, attempted murder and arson.
One woman was killed in the lobby of Chabad of Poway synagogue and three people were wounded during a service on April 27, the last day of Passover. Earnest has pleaded not guilty.
"I'm defending our nation against the Jewish people, who are trying to destroy all white people," the caller, who identified himself as John Earnest, told the dispatcher in an even, almost casual tone.
Earnest gave details of where he was waiting for police in his Honda Civic. He promised to leave his AR-15 assault rifle on the passenger seat and get out of the car with a supply of bullets hanging on the chest of his vest, as if his surrender had been planned in advance.
As the caller spoke about his hatred of Jews, another dispatcher steered him back to describing where he was. He readily answered all questions.
Twice during the call, he expressed impatience that law enforcement hadn't arrived, saying they were bad at their jobs.
"You guys are taking a long-ass time. You realize you're fighting the wrong people?" he said.