- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 2, 2002

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Behind the closed doors of a courtroom stacked with evidence, jurors resumed deliberations yesterday in the murder trial of two brothers accused of a nine-day crime rampage that left five persons dead.
Jurors must decide on a total of 97 counts against Reginald Carr, 24, and Jonathan Carr, 22, that stem from a quadruple killing, a single homicide and a separate robbery.
The windows of the courtroom have been papered over during the deliberations. Inside are racks of clothing stolen from the closets of the quadruple-shooting victims after they were shot and their naked bodies left in a soccer field.
Also available for jurors to inspect is the clothing the Carr brothers were purportedly wearing during the crimes including the brothers' undershorts on which investigators found the blood of a woman raped before she was killed.
Television sets, computers, barbecue tool sets, watches, clocks and other stolen items are piled in the middle of the courtroom. Spread on the tables are stacks of notebooks filled with photos and documents. A computer has been set up so jurors can review the computer presentations attorney used during the trial.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for four counts of capital murder for the quadruple killings. The brothers are also charged with one count of first-degree murder in the shooting of another woman during a botched robbery attempt.
To find the brothers guilty of any count of capital murder, jurors must also find that the victim was raped and/or that the premeditated killing was done in connection with the killing of others. They can also find them guilty of a lesser offense such as first-degree or second-degree murder.
A total of 97 witnesses testified, including five for Reginald Carr. The defense for Jonathan Carr did not call any witnesses. More than 850 pieces of evidence have been admitted since trial began Sept. 9.
The most notorious of the crimes the brothers are charged with are the events of Dec. 14-15, 2000, when five friends were abducted from a Wichita home, forced to engage in sexual acts and to withdraw money from ATMs before they all were shot. The two women were raped. 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 for a mile to find help.
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.
Jurors are deliberating over 47 counts filed against each brother. Reginald Carr also faces an additional three counts for possession of a weapon because he is a convicted felon.
The case also has added its chapter to the culture wars by fueling a backlash in Wichita and on the Internet among hate-crimes-law opponents, conservatives and others. The Carr brothers are black, and each of the five victims is white.

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