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Kansas Supreme Court To Hear Death Penalty Appeal

Associated Press - December 17, 2013 6:50 am

The top federal prosecutor in Kansas has told civil rights activists that their complaints are not falling on deaf ears.

The top federal prosecutor in Kansas has told civil rights activists that their complaints are not falling on deaf ears.

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.

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