The United States Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling regarding the case of the Carr brothers, the duo that carried out the infamous "Wichita Massacre" in Kansas in 2000.
The Supreme Court heard its second death penalty case this year, following their ruling on lethal injections earlier this summer. According to a report from Reuters, the highest U.S. court will announce a ruling regarding the two Kansas brothers found guilty of a 2000 killing spree known as the “Wichita Massacre.”
Jonathan and Reginald Carr received a death sentence after the brutal murder of a woman and three men in the middle of a soccer field in December 2000. The two brothers received their sentences together, which caused the Kansas Supreme Court to throw out their sentences altogether. The state of Kansas appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to have their sentences upheld.
Unlike the court’s ruling in June, which sought to determine whether capital punishment by lethal injection fell under the categorization of “cruel and unusual.” The court ruled 5-4 that Oklahoma’s procedure for administrating lethal injections was not in violation of the Constitution.
The Carr brother’s case fails to elicit much sympathy from people involved with the case. They were convicted of kidnapping three men and two women, raping the women, forcing the men to engage in intercourse with the women, and forcing the women to perform sexual acts on each other.
The brothers then drove the victims to ATM machines and were ordered to withdraw money before they were taken to a soccer field and shot in the head. One of the victims survived after a hair clip deflected the bullet intended for her head. She went on to testify against the Carr brothers, helping prosecutors reach a conviction.
Even if the Supreme Court rules against the brothers, they still face the possibility of receiving new sentences based on state laws given the fact that they were sentenced at the same time.