Sedgwick Co. District Attorney Marc Bennett issued a statement in response the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling to overturn the death sentences of brother Reginald and Jonathan Carr. The Carrs were previously sentenced to death for the December 2000 robbery, rape and kidnapping spree that left four people dead in a Wichita field.
District Attorney Marc Bennett's statement is below:
During a seven-day span in December 2000, our city was shaken by unspeakable acts of violence, committed against seven separate victims in our community. In 2002 a jury of Sedgwick Co. Citizens determined the two men responsible for these crimes should be put to death.
Today, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the convictions of Reginald and Jonathan Carr, on one count each of capital murder. The state retains the ability to retry the penalty phase for these counts, and seek the death penalty, again, against each defendant.
The court also upheld the convictions for many of the other crimes for which they were each convicted. Specifically, Reginald Carr remains convicted of 32 crimes. Jonathan Carr remains convicted of 25 crimes.
The result of the decision by the Kansas Supreme Court creates one certainty. Jonathan and Reginald Carr will not be released from prison. The conviction for capital murder, for each defendant, carries with it a life sentence.
The questions, which remain after the Supreme Court's decision are many. One question is whether these defendants will be re-sentenced to death.
This office is committed to upholding the law and the safety of the citizens of Sedgwick County. The jury did not take likely its recommendation that a death sentence be imposed nor will this office.
In the coming weeks we will communicate with the victims, and the families of the victims. We will review the entire 400-plus pages of this decision, and we will proceed accordingly.