- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 16, 2002

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Family members cried and held hands in court yesterday as prosecutors showed jurors surveillance photos from automated teller machines where their loved ones were forced to make withdrawals before they were killed.
Wichita police Detective Jimmie Merrick outlined for jurors the numerous withdrawals and attempted withdrawals from the accounts of Aaron Sander, Brad Heyka, Jason Befort and a woman who survived the shootings.
Detective Merrick testified that $1,830 was taken from the four. Police found $2,156.15 on brothers Jonathan and Reginald Carr when they were arrested just hours after the withdrawals and killings.
Jurors viewed ATM surveillance photos of Mr. Heyka and Mr. Befort withdrawing money.
None of those photos showed anyone else in the car. Prosecutors plan to show the rest of the surveillance photos when the trial resumes today.
The Carrs are being tried on a total of 113 charges, most of them stemming 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 driven to a soccer field and shot execution-style.
Four of the victims Mr. Sander, 29; Heather Muller, 25; Mr. Heyka, 27; and Mr. Befort, 26 died. Mr. Befort's girlfriend, then a 25-year-old teacher, survived a gunshot wound to the head and ran naked about a mile to find help.
The Carrs also are being tried in 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 ATMs.
The Carrs are black. All their victims were white. The case has provoked criticism from some who accuse prosecutors of ignoring racial hatred as a potential motive for their reputed nine-day crime spree.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
In other testimony yesterday, a female friend of Jonathan Carr connected the brothers to the gun that police said was used in the killings.
Tronda Adams, 22, said Jonathan Carr had given her a silver gun after an incident she had with a former boyfriend. He later traded her a black semiautomatic for the silver gun before taking back both guns, she said.
Prosecutors believe both guns were used in the Dec. 15, 2000, quadruple killings. Both have been identified in court as those used in the attacks.
Miss Adams identified in court yesterday the black gun as the one she had been given.
Coleen Jensen, a crime scene investigator for the Wichita Police Department, also took the stand to identify property that was recovered from the house where Jonathan Carr had gone when police received a call from Miss Adams' mother.
Among the items Miss Jensen identified was a diamond engagement ring that was found in the coat pocket of a jacket that prosecutors said belonged to Jonathan Carr. Prosecutors said Mr. Befort planned to give the ring to his girlfriend.


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