The Carr brothers were specifically targeting whites so why weren’t these bastards tried for committing “hate crimes”? Could it have been because all their victims were the wrong color???
The Carr Brothers
Judge confirms death penalty for brothers in Wichita killings
By Roxana Hegeman
Associated Press Writer
WICHITA – Even though a jury sentenced Reginald and Jonathan Carr to die for shooting four friends in the back of the head two years ago, it is a punishment that pales in comparison to the crimes they committed, the sole survivor of the slayings told a court on Friday.
‘‘The sentence imposed on them will be a much kinder sentence than they imposed on me, my friends, and all our families,’’ she said.
Her words came on the same day District Judge Paul Clark followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Reginald Carr, 25, and his brother Jonathan, 22, to death by injection for killing three men and a woman on Dec. 15, 2000 as they knelt side-by-side in a snow-covered soccer field.
The Carrs were convicted last week of capital murder in the deaths of Aaron Sander, 29, Brad Heyka, 27, Jason Befort, 26, and Heather Muller, 25.
Befort’s girlfriend, then a 25-year-old teacher, survived and ran through the snow naked to seek help. She was among the key witnesses at the trial, which began more than two months ago.
The five friends were at a Wichita home when two armed intruders forced them to engage in sex with each other, then made them withdraw money from automated teller machines. The two women were raped repeatedly before the five were taken to the soccer field and shot.
‘‘I had no choice in what Reginald and Jonathan Carr did that night. I wasn’t given a choice to save Brad or Aaron or Heather or Jason,’’ the survivor said. ‘‘I had a choice to lie there and die or get up and live. I chose to live. And I still choose to live.’’
Clark also sentenced both brothers to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 20 years, in the death of Ann Walenta, 55, a cellist with the Wichita Symphony. She was shot four days before the quadruple killings.
Reginald Carr was also sentenced to an additional 47 years in prison for his conviction on other crimes, and Jonathan Carr was sentenced to an additional 41 years on other convictions. The sentences are to run consecutively.
The brothers showed no visible emotion when the judge pronounced the sentences Friday on the 93 crimes the brothers were convicted of committing during the nine-day crime spree. Jonathan Carr looked down as the victims’ families gave impact statements to the court, while his brother stared ahead.
Neither man spoke on their own behalf before they were sentenced.
At times struggling to hold back sobs, the survivor of the quadruple killing told a packed courtroom she still paces at night when she hears noises. She said she is careful to blow-dry her hair to cover the spot where the bullet hit her skull, now a bald spot that no longer grows hair. She says whenever she sees the carpet burns that still scar her knees she is reminded of the rapes.
The diamond engagement ring Befort had planned to give her for Christmas that year was found in the pocket of Jonathan Carr on the day he was arrested.
She said she cannot tell the court the impact the crimes had on her life – that would take hours. ‘‘My grief is immeasurable, because my happiness was immense,’’ she said.
Larry Heyka, the father of Brad Heyka, said his only son was his best friend.
‘‘No parent should have to bury a child under such circumstances,’’ Heyka said. ‘’… I would freely give my life and all my belongings if Brad was alive today.’’
He said the Carr brothers have shown no remorse the families can see.
‘‘Some part of us has been taken away, and our hearts will be shallow for the rest of our lives,’’ Heyka said.
Elisabeth Daily, Brad Heyka’s mother, told the court people who do not believe the devil walks the earth have not seen the evidence in this case.
Lois Muller, the mother of Heather Muller, said whenever she looks into the eyes of the Carr brothers she sees a hardness and hollowness. Muller said the trial has been so difficult sometimes she felt like her heart would burst from the pain: ''How much more can I hear, how much more can I take.
‘‘I know Heather is in heaven, but I wasn’t ready for it to be so soon,’’ she said.
Andy Schreiber was abducted on Dec. 7 and forced to withdraw money from ATM machines before he was left unharmed beside a road, the tire on his car shot out. The shell casing found at that robbery was linked to the single homicide and the quadruple killing days later. Reginald Carr was convicted in that crime, while his brother Jonathan was found innocent of it.
Schreiber told the court even though he did not know the other victims, he has feelings of guilt because he lived and they did not.
‘‘It is not vengeance I seek – it is justice,’’ he told the court.
Bill Sander, the father of Aaron Sander, told reporters after the sentencing the four victims of the quadruple killing all thought Wichita was a good place to live.
‘‘Wichita has got to get over the fear the Carr brothers instilled,’’ Sander said.
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