Kansas Supreme Court Overturns Brothers' Death Sentences

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Supreme Court has overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of capital murder in the shooting deaths of four people whose bodies were found in a snow-covered Wichita soccer field in 2000.

The state Supreme Court on Friday also struck down three of the four capital murder conviction each against Jonathan and Reginald Carr. But it upheld one capital murder conviction each.

Their cases will return to Sedgwick County District Court for further hearings and a new sentencing.

The court's majority overturned the death sentences because, it said, the presiding judge failed to have separate proceedings for each brother.

In overturning most of the capital convictions, the majority said the instructions to jurors were flawed.

The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty (KCADP) in a statement Friday afternoon expressed sympathy for the families of those killed by the Carrs but urged that the Carrs be sentenced to Life without the option of parole.

Posted by Greg Palmer