- The Washington Times - Friday, November 1, 2002

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) After emotional closing arguments from prosecutors, jurors began deliberations late yesterday in the trial of two brothers accused of a nine-day crime spree that left five persons dead.
One juror was in tears during District Attorney Nola Foulston's fiery oration that included a computer presentation of graphic pictures of four victims lying in the snow-covered soccer field where they died.
"You have four people frozen in time bullets that thrashed through their brains that drew the life out of them, that froze their hearts on that field of snow. They died by criminal means, and they died together at the hands of two brothers, Jonathan and Reginald Carr," Miss Foulston told jurors in her closing arguments.
Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before ending for the night.
Family members of the victims filled the courtroom, most looking away from the screen whenever Miss Foulston signaled them that a bloody photograph was coming.
The crime rampage that ended with the shootings of five young friends in a remote soccer field two years ago was driven by greed and lust, Deputy District Attorney Kim Parker told jurors.
"The crimes ended because of one girl who had the resolve to survive to tell the story. The crimes ended because of responsible citizens people in this community that were alert and responsible," Miss Parker said during closing arguments in the murder trial of Reginald and Jonathan Carr.
The survivor of the quadruple killing sat quietly in the front row throughout the arguments, averting her eyes whenever photographs of her dead friends were projected onto the screen.
The Carr brothers are charged with numerous crimes. The most notorious involves the events of Dec. 14-15, 2000, when two armed intruders entered a Wichita home. The two women and three men inside were forced to engage in sexual acts with each other and to withdraw money from ATMs. The intruders repeatedly raped the women before the five friends were taken to the soccer field and shot.
Aaron Sander, 29; Brad Heyka, 27; Jason Befort, 26; and Heather Muller, 25, died. Mr. Befort's girlfriend, then a 25-year-old teacher, survived and ran a mile to find help. She identified the Carr brothers as her attackers.
"This is a case about living out your worst nightmare," Miss Parker said.
The Carr brothers are black, and all of the victims were white. Critics have accused prosecutors of failing to investigate racial hatred as a motive for the criminal rampage.
Jurors will be deliberating over 47 counts filed against each brother, including four counts of capital murder for the quadruple killings and first-degree murder for a separate homicide days earlier. All the counts are identical, with an additional three weapons charges filed against Reginald Carr because he is a convicted felon.
The Carrs also are being tried in the Dec. 11, 2000, attempted robbery and shooting of Ann Walenta, 55, who later died, and a robbery four days earlier in which Andrew Schreiber was abducted and forced to withdraw cash from ATMs.

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