- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 31, 2002

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Defense attorneys for Reginald Carr played for jurors Tuesday a videotape of a police interview with the only survivor of a quadruple shooting.

The tape was played as the defense scrambled to fill time until their DNA expert could make it to court. The expert had been scheduled to testify Tuesday, but defense attorneys were granted an extension after the woman reportedly fell off a roof.

In the video, which lasts more than two hours, the woman recounts for police a story similar to what she told jurors when she testified in court. She explains how two armed intruders forced her, another woman and three of their male friends to engage in sexual acts and withdraw money from automated teller machines before they all were shot.

On the tape, the woman explains how she and the other female victim Heather Muller, 25 were raped by their two attackers. She explained that Miss Muller had planned to become a nun.

Reginald Carr and his brother, Jonathan Carr, are being tried on a total of 113 charges, including capital murder. The charges stem from a nine-day crime spree that ended Dec. 15, 2000, with the shootings that killed Aaron Sander, 29; Brad Heyka, 27; Jason Befort, 26; and Miss Muller.

Mr. Befort's fiance, then a teacher who was 25 at the time, was the only victim to survive, running naked through the snow to get help after being shot in the head.

The brothers also are being tried in the Dec. 11 attempted robbery and shooting of Ann Walenta, 55, who later died, and the Dec. 7 robbery in which Andrew Schreiber was abducted and forced to withdraw cash from ATMs.

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.

On the tape, the woman says she never got a good look at the intruder that prosecutors contend was Reginald Carr. She did tell police she got a good look at his eyes when he was raping her. She had earlier identified in court both Reginald Carr and his brother, Jonathan, as her attackers.

Jurors also saw a brief news clip from Wichita television station KWCH-TV showing the arrest of Reginald Carr. Mr. Schreiber had testified earlier he saw the news broadcast of the arrest, and recognized Reginald Carr as the man who had robbed him.

Jonathan Carr's defense attorneys plan to present no witnesses. Closing arguments could begin after the DNA expert finishes testifying.

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