Kansas Supreme Court To Hear Death Penalty Appeal
Associated Press - December 17, 2013 6:50 am
The attorney general's office wants the Kansas Supreme Court to look at how the judiciary in surrounding states works when it decides the validity of a law stripping the high court of its power to appoint chief judges.
Two Wichita brothers who were sentenced to die for a quadruple homicide in December 2000 are taking their appeals to the Kansas Supreme Court.
The court scheduled separate, two-hour hearings Tuesday for Jonathan and Reginald Carr.
The brothers were convicted of shooting three men and a woman on Dec. 15, 2000, as the victims knelt on a snow-covered field. The four friends and a woman who survived a head wound had been abducted from a home by armed intruders who forced them to engage in sex with each other and withdraw money from ATMs.
Issues raised by the Carrs’ lawyers on appeal include a judge’s refusal to move the trial outside Sedgwick County, the fact that the brothers were tried together and the constitutionality of the death penalty.