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The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned death sentences for Jonathan and Reginald Carr, brothers convicted of murdering five people in one of Wichitas most notorious crime sprees.
The states high court in separate rulings issued Friday unanimously struck down three of each mans four capital murder convictions in the Dec. 15, 2000, execution-style killings of four people in a snow-covered soccer field. A remaining capital murder conviction for each man was upheld by the court, but the death sentence connected to it was vacated after a 6-1 majority said the district court judge who presided over the brothers trial the late Paul W. Clark was in error when he refused to hold separate sentencing proceedings for the men.
Justice Nancy Mortiz disagreed with the decision, saying that separate hearings would not have influenced the outcome because witness testimony, the unusually egregious facts of the case and evidence against the Carr brothers was so strong.
A 51-year-old man wanted in connection with a robbery at Emprise Bank on Tuesday was arrested Thursday morning, according to the Wichita Police Department’s Facebook page.
According to the post, officers received a call from a citizen about a suspicious character on East Bayley Street. During the call, officers were able to determine that the man was wanted in the bank robbery, the post said.
Mark Finnigin was arrested on suspicion of robbery of a financial institution and resisting arrest at 11:20 a.m. Thursday.
After years of legal wrangling, the Kansas Supreme Court is scheduled to issue its opinion Friday on the appeals of convicted Wichita murderers Jonathan and Reginald Carr.
The decision comes 12 years after the Carr brothers were convicted in one of the most notorious crimes in Wichita history.
Jonathan Carr, 34, and Reginald Carr, 36, raised dozens of issues in their appeals.
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