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The Wichita Massacrealso known as the Wichita Horrorwas a week-long series of random brutal crimes perpetrated by brothers Reginald and Jonathan Carr in the city of Wichita, Kansas between December 7 and 14, Five people and a pet dog were killed and a woman was severely wounded. The brothers were arrested and convicted of multiple counts of murder, kidnapping, robbery, and rape. They were both sentenced to death in October The case has received ificant attention because the killers' death sentences have been subject to various rulings related to the use of executions in Kansas.
Inthe Kansas Supreme Court overturned the state's death penalty law but the Kansas Attorney General appealed to the US Supreme Court which upheld the constitutionality of the death penalty in Kansas. On July 25,the Kansas Supreme Court again overturned the Carrs' death sentences on a legal technicality relating to their original trial judge not giving each brother a separate penalty proceeding. The Carr brothers were from Dodge City.
Both year-old Reginald and year-old Jonathan had lengthy criminal records. On December 8,having recently arrived in Wichita, they robbed and wounded year-old Andrew Schreiber, an assistant baseball coach. Three days later, on December 11, they shot and mortally wounded year-old cellist and librarian Ann Walenta as she tried to escape from them in her car. She died three days later in hospital from her wounds. Befort was a local high school teacher; Heyka was a director of finance with a local financial services company; Muller was a local preschool teacher; Sander a former financial analyst who had been studying to become a priest; Holly G.
First the Carrs searched the house for valuables. Befort had intended to propose to Holly, and she found this out when the Carrs discovered an engagement ring hidden in a popcorn box. After burgling the house, the Carrs forced their victims to strip naked and then bound them. They then repeatedly raped the two women, and forced the men to Hung for nude wife Wichita in sexual acts with the women and the women with each other.
After taking the victims in Befort's truck to ATMs to empty their bank s, they drove them to the closed Stryker Soccer Complex on the outskirts of Wichita where they shot all five execution-style in the back of their he. The Carrs then drove Befort's truck over their bodies and left them for dead.
Holly G. She walked naked for more than a mile in freezing weather to seek first aid and shelter at a house. Before getting medical treatment, she reported the incident and descriptions of her attackers to the couple who took her in, before the police arrived. After the killings, the Carrs returned to the house to ransack it for more valuables; while there, they used a golf club to beat Holly's pet dog Nikki to death. Police captured both Carr brothers the next day.
Reginald was identified by both Schreiber and the dying Walenta. The District Attorney said that based on evidence they believed their motive was robbery. With the help of Holly's testimony at the trial, both brothers were convicted of nearly all counts against them, including kidnappingrobberyrapefour counts of capital murderand one count of first-degree murder. Reginald Carr was convicted of 50 counts and Jonathan Carr of They were each sentenced to death for the capital murders, as well as to life in prison, with decades to serve before being eligible for parole.
There has been continuing attention for the Carr brothers' case because of various rulings about the Kansas death penalty law and decisions by its high court on such cases. Inthe Kansas Supreme Court overturned the state's death penalty law, but the state attorney general appealed this ruling to the U.
Supreme Court. It upheld the Hung for nude wife Wichita of the state's death penalty law, which returned the Carrs and other condemned killers to death row. On July 25,the Kansas Supreme Court announced it had overturned the Carr death sentences on appeal. The six justice-majority said they did so because the trial judge failed to adequately separate the penalty proceedings for each defendant.
According to a release from the Kansas Supreme Court public information officer, the court unanimously reversed three of each defendant's four capital convictions because jury instructions on sex-crime-based capital murder were "fatally erroneous and three of the multiple-homicide capital murder charges duplicated the first. The high court upheld most of the convictions against each of the brothers despite other purported lower-court errors.
The court ruled that the brothers were entitled to separate sentencing trials, as "differentiation in the moral culpability of two defendants" can cause a jury "to show mercy to one while refusing to show mercy to the other. The Kansas Attorney General appealed the high court's ruling to the US Supreme Court, which in March agreed to hear the Carr brothers' sentencing case, together with another death-penalty case from the state.
In Januarythe United States Supreme Court in an ruling reinstated the death sentences, overturning the Kansas Supreme Court, deciding that neither the jury instructions which were challenged by the Carrs' legal counsel, nor the combined sentencing proceedings, violated the Constitution. The victims were white and the Carr brothers are black, but the District Attorney held that there was no prima facie evidence of a racial crime. Based on the robberies, Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston decided against treating these incidents as hate crimes.
Conservative media commentators David HorowitzMichelle Malkinand Thomas Sowell said the crimes were downplayed; they felt Hung for nude wife Wichita national media suppressed the stories due to political correctness. Years later, The Wichita Eagle commented that the deaths of four young black people who were murdered by a young black man eight days before the "Wichita Massacre" in received less general media coverage than the murders committed by the Carr brothers.
In this case, Cornelius Oliver, 19, killed his girlfriend, Raeshawnda Wheaton, 18, at her house, as well as her roommate Dessa Ford, and friends Jermaine Levy and Quincy Williams, who were visiting the women. Oliver shot the men in the back of the head where they sat on a couch. The couple had been known to have a "volatile, violent relationship". The police arrested Oliver that day; he still had blood on his shoes.
Some members of the black community questioned why the murders of the four young blacks was superseded by attention given to the Carr brothers' killing of four young white people. A relative of Wheaton asked, "How could one be any worse than the other, if the [multiple deaths] were the same? In addition, the Carrs committed rapes, as well as other assaults and abuses, to the victims. There was no torture or sexual component in the Wheaton case. Oliver was convicted of the four murders and is serving a life sentence in prison, with no possibility of parole before In December in Wichita, Kansas, U.
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