- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 15, 2002

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Toni Greene told jurors yesterday that she was just being a nosey mother when she went through the jacket pockets of a young man her teenage daughter had met at the mall days earlier.
She found a diamond engagement ring in the pocket of Jonathan Carr's leather jacket. He was sleeping on her living room couch at the time.
But it was not until later that day when she heard on the television that an engagement ring had been stolen from the victims of a quadruple homicide that morning that she connected the ring and the car parked outside her house with the crime.
Miss Greene gathered her daughter, Tronda Adams, and a niece and went to a neighbor's house across the street.
"I was afraid," she testified.
She called 911.
"I told them the guy they are looking for is in my home," she said.
Jonathan Carr bolted from the house when police arrived and was arrested a short distance away just hours after his brother, Reginald Carr, was arrested at his apartment.
Miss Greene yesterday identified on the witness stand the diamond ring she saw in Jonathan Carr's pocket that day.
It was the ring prosecutors contend was the engagement ring Jason Befort planned to give his girlfriend, the sole survivor of the shootings that left four others dead.
For more than two hours yesterday morning, family members of the four victims identified for the court items that had belonged to their loved ones and were later found in Reginald Carr's apartment when he was arrested.
The brothers are on trial in Sedgwick County District Court for crimes stemming from a nine-day robbery and killing rampage in December 2000. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Most of the charges stem from the events of Dec. 14 and 15, 2000, when five friends were abducted from a Wichita home, forced to engage in sexual acts and to withdraw money from automated teller machines 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, a 25-year-old teacher, survived.
The Carr brothers are black, all their victims were white. The case has provoked criticism from some who have accused prosecutors of ignoring racial hatred as a potential motive.


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