December 17th the Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the appeal process for convicted killers Reginald and Jonathan Carr of Wichita. They were convicted for the murders of five people in 2002 and sentenced to death. Those killings occurred in 2000, and included the execution-style shootings of five people in a soccer field. One of the shooting victims survived. I believe her testimony put the Carr brothers on death row.
Those who oppose capital punishment sometimes point out the expense of the long, mandated appeal process. The Carrs have been on death row for more than ten years now.
I consider these murders the ugliest, most brutal that I’ve ever reported. I’ll always remember that freezing winter morning when dispatchers sent police and ambulances to that soccer field, and a dispatcher confirmed to me that we had four known dead … and one, blood-covered survivor.
I can’t imagine anyone more deserving of the death penalty than the Carr brothers.
Our thought for today is from Lois McMaster Bujold:
“The dead cannot cry out for justice; it is the duty of the living to do so for them.”