The Kansas Supreme Court overturned death sentences for two brothers who went on a crime spree in nearly 14 years ago.
In 2000, Jonathan and Reginald Carr were arrested for a crime spree in Wichita that included rape, robbery, forced sex, and four gruesome murders. Reports say that the Carr brothers broke into a Wichita home in December of that year and forced five friends who were at the home to perform sex acts on each other at gunpoint. Two women in the group were raped, and the brothers drove the friends to an ATM to withdraw cash.
Jonathan and Reginald Carr eventually took all five people to a snowy soccer field and fatally shot four of them while they were kneeling, including 29-year-old Aaron Sander, 27-year-old Brad Heyka, 26-year-old Jason Befort, and 25-year-old Heather Muller. The fifth person, a female friend, was shot in the head but wound up being able to escape and run naked through the snow for help. Miraculously, she survived and wound up testifying against the brothers.
Jonathan and Reginald were ultimately convicted of a collective 93 crimes and were sentenced to death. Now, over a decade later, the death penalty was dropped, and some of the charges against the two were dropped. Still, the Supreme Court upheld 57 convictions against them.
Despite the Supreme Court’s decision, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says his office will seek the death penalty a second time.
“The results of the decision by the Supreme Court creates one certainty: Jonathan and Reginald Carr will not be released from prison,” Sedgwick reassured. “The conviction for capital murder for each defendant carries with it a life sentence.”
“All options will be considered,” said Bennett and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt in a joint statement. “We are committed to seeking justice in this case for the victims, their families and the community.”
The last execution to take place in Kansas was reportedly a hanging back in 1965.
Sources: Daily Mail, CBS News, The Wichita Eagle