- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 12, 2002

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Mounds of clothing belonging to robbery and homicide victims were among evidence presented yesterday in the case against two brothers on trial in a crime spree that left five persons dead.
Crime scene investigator Scott Pike identified the items as property removed from the apartment where murder suspect Reginald Carr was arrested.
Prosecutors also brought into the courtroom television sets that were stolen, setting one TV on the witness stand with a loud thud. Jurors also were shown the victims' credit cards, identification cards, checkbooks, wallets, automated teller machine receipts and other items prosecutors said were recovered from the apartment.
Mr. Carr and his brother, Jonathan Carr, are on trial in Sedgwick County District Court for charges stemming from a nine-day robbery and killing rampage. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Most of the charges stem from 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. Four of them Aaron Sander, 29; Heather Muller, 25; Brad Heyka, 27; and Jason Befort, 26 died. Mr. Befort's girlfriend, then a 25-year-old teacher, survived.
The Carrs also are being tried for the Dec. 11, 2000, shooting of Ann Walenta, 55, who later died, and the Dec. 7, 2000, robbery in which Andrew Schreiber was abducted and forced to withdraw cash from an ATM.
The Carr brothers are black, and all their victims are white. The case has drawn attention from critics who say that the Carrs should have faced hate-crimes charges.
So much evidence filled the small courtroom yesterday that District Judge Paul Clark asked prosecutors to make sure there was a clear path for jurors to walk through on their way to lunch.
For hours on the witness stand yesterday, Mr. Pike identified one-by-one each piece of clothing and other property belonging to some of the victims. Some of the clothing was still on hangars and stuffed into duffel bags.


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