KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A second jury recommends the death penalty for a man convicted of killing a southeast Kansas college student 12 years ago.
The jury returned the decision Monday in the case of 52-year-old
Gary Klepyas, who was convicted in 1997 of capital murder in the
death of 20-year-old Carrie Williams.
The Pittsburg State University student was severely beaten and
stabbed seven times in her apartment in March 1996.
Kleyaps was the first person sentenced to death after Kansas
reinstated capital punishment in 1994. But the state Supreme Court
overturned the sentence in December 2001, concluding the law did
not give jurors enough guidance to determine when to impose a death
sentence. It sent the case back to district court. That sentencing hearing was then moved from Crawford County to