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Posted: Friday, 25 July 2014 9:01PM

Sedg. Co. DA Bennett Responds to Carr Bros. Ruling

WICHITA, Kan.  -   The Kansas Supreme Court decisions Friday overturned the death sentences of two brothers for a December 2000 robbery, rape and kidnapping spree that ended with four fatal shootings in Wichita field.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Mark Bennett says his office will continue to peruse the death penalty in the Carr Brothers case.  "The State retains the ability to re-try the penalty phase for these counts, and seeks the death penalty, again, against each defendant," said Bennett.

What the justices took greatest issue with was the brothers being tried together, especially in the sentencing phase of the capital murder case.

Bennett says he will meet with the victims and family members of victims in the next few weeks, as his staff reviews the over 400 page decision.  He stresses that the Carr brothers will not be released from prison as their capital murder sentences that were not overturned each carry a life sentence.  

Responding to questions during Friday's news briefing, Bennett says it's too early to decide whether to appeal Friday's decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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07/25/2014 9:05PM
Sedg. Co. DA Bennett Responds to Carr Bros. Ruling
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07/26/2014 1:14AM
Who prosacuted the case really messed up.
They messed the case up when these killers were tired. Who tried this case?
07/28/2014 1:17PM
It’s time to stand up and be counted in Kansas
The Kansas Supreme Court is anti-death penalty and has once again abused it position for its own personal opinions. The last time they tried this deliberate tomfoolery they were reversed by the US Supreme Court. If they want to legislate, let them join the legislature. Legislating from the bench is, in my opinion, an impeachable offence. If there were ever a case for executing the death penalty, here it is. Twelve (12) years on death row and this is their appeal. This is sickening. The District Attorney’s office did an exceptional job of prosecution. The legislature of Kansas is apparently as impotent as the US legislature. The people of the great state of Kansas need to take control of their government - they work for us, not we for them. This is a very good example of life time appointments disguised through retention elections which seldom removes a sitting judge. To the people of Kansas: Please, please, please Stand-To. Take the time and effort to find out who these majority judges are and vote no on their next retention election.
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