U.S. top court agrees to hear 'Wichita Massacre' appeals

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Posted: Mar 30, 2015 10:31 AM

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up appeals concerning two brothers convicted in a 2000 execution-style murder of four people on a snowy soccer field in Kansas.

The two brothers, Jonathan and Reginald Carr, and prosecutors appealed for different reasons after a July 2014 Kansas Supreme Court ruling that threw out death sentences imposed on both men but left various convictions in place.

Jonathan and Reginald Carr were sentenced to death for the murders in 2002. Their December 2000 crime spree, known as the Wichita Massacre, included the kidnapping of three men and two women in a home invasion that included rape and sexual humiliation.

The five victims were shot in the head. One survived. The appeals court affirmed some of the convictions against the two brothers, including murder, but vacated the death penalty for both of them, sending the case back to district court for new sentencing.

Separately, the high court agreed to hear the state of Kansas' appeal in another murder case. The defendant, Sidney Gleason, was convicted of a double murder in 2004.

Oral arguments and rulings in all three cases are due in the court's next term, which starts in October and ends in June.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)