Jurors found brothers Reginald and Jonathan Carr guilty yesterday of four counts of capital murder for the execution-style killing of four persons two years ago in a soccer field.
The Carrs were convicted for the Dec. 15, 2000, deaths of Aaron Sander, 29; Brad Heyka, 27; Jason Befort, 26; and Heather Muller, 25. Mr. Befort's girlfriend, then a 25-year-old teacher, survived being shot in the head. The Carrs were found guilty of attempted murder in her case.
Reginald Carr, 24, and Jonathan Carr, 22, were with their attorneys as the verdicts were read. Reginald Carr was in shackles, as he has been throughout much of the trial after reportedly threatening deputies.
The Carrs also were convicted of first-degree murder for the Dec. 11, 2000, shooting of cellist Ann Walenta.
"Justice has been served — and it is long awaited," Assistant District Attorney Kim Parker said.
The same jury begins deliberating this morning on whether the Carr brothers should be put to death.
"Without equivocation, without hesitation, I've asked for the death penalty," said District Attorney Nola Foulston.
Outside the courtroom, family members hugged each other as well as prosecutors and a crime-scene investigator who worked on the case. Miss Parker was crying as she hugged the tearful survivor of the quadruple killings and other family members of the victims. Family members declined to comment.
Defense attorneys declined comment, saying the trial was not over.
Reginald Carr also was convicted in the Dec. 7, 2000, robbery in which Andrew Schreiber was abducted and forced to withdraw cash from automated teller machines before his abductors left him unharmed. Jonathan Carr was found not guilty of four counts related to that robbery — the only acquittals in the trial, which included 97 felony charges.
Each brother faced the same 47 counts for the nine-day crime spree, with Reginald Carr facing an additional three counts for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The brothers did not show any emotion when the verdicts were read, although Reginald Carr shook his head as he was convicted of criminal sodomy. As they were led from the courtroom, Reginald Carr stared at family members of the victims while Jonathan Carr avoided making eye contact with them.
Jurors got the case late Thursday afternoon and deliberated nearly 14 hours before returning their verdicts.
The most notorious of the crimes involved the events of Dec. 14-15, 2000, when two armed intruders entered a Wichita home.
The two women and three men inside were forced to engage in sexual acts with each other and to withdraw money from ATMs. The women were repeatedly raped before the five friends were taken to a soccer field. The Carrs told the five to kneel in the snow with their backs to them, then shot them in the head one by one.