Supreme Court tackles 'Wichita Massacre' death penalty case

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 07, 2015 12:41 PM

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared poised to rule against two brothers challenging their death sentences for a 2000 crime spree in Kansas that included the execution-style murders of four people on a snowy soccer field.

The brothers, Jonathan and Reginald Carr, were sentenced to death over the "Wichita Massacre" crimes but the Kansas Supreme Court threw out their sentences in July 2014. The state court left various convictions in place, including one murder count per brother.

Kansas appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for the death sentences to be re-imposed. The justices heard arguments in the case on Wednesday and are due to issue a ruling by the end of June.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)