CAPITAL CASE-SEPARATE HEARINGS
Kansas court: Brothers due own capital hearings
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court ordered separate capital murder sentencing hearings for two brothers after concluding they were pitted against each other in their first, joint hearing.
The issue lay behind the court's decisions Friday to overturn the death sentences for Jonathan and Reginald Carr in connection with a December 2000 crime spree that ended with the shootings of four people in a Wichita soccer field.
They had a joint sentencing hearing in Sedgwick County District Court in 2002. But Jonathan Carr argued that he was not as responsible as his brother for the crimes and that Reginald Carr had been a bad influence on him during their troubled childhoods.
The court said Reginald Carr's case may have been unfairly hurt by "hopelessly tangled" ties to his brother's case.
Kansas governor 'stunned' by capital case ruling
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Sam Brownback says he's stunned by Kansas Supreme Court decisions overturning the death sentences of two brothers for a December 2000 robbery, rape and kidnapping spree that ended with four fatal shootings in Wichita field.
Brownback said Friday that the decisions in the cases of Jonathan and Reginald Carr unnecessarily reopen the wounds from what he called a tragic moment in Wichita history.
In overturning the death sentences, the court's majority said the brothers should have had separate sentencing proceedings to determine whether they faced lethal injection or life in prison. The court also overturned three of each man's four capital murder convictions.
Brownback called the crimes brutal and heinous and said the Carrs were convicted by a jury of their peers before an elected trial-court judge.
HOT CAR DEATH-KANSAS
Baby dies after being left in hot car in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Police have arrested the foster parent of a 10-month-old girl who died after being left inside a hot car in Wichita, Kansas.
Lt. Todd Ojile said Friday the 29-year-old man was booked on suspicion of aggravated endangerment but has not been charged.
Ojile says the man had "somehow forgotten" leaving the girl in the back seat after picking her up from the baby sitter late Thursday afternoon. He went inside the house with a 5-year-old child but left the baby strapped in the car seat outside.
No charges are expected against the other foster parent, a 26-year-old man who was inside the house.
Ojile says they didn't remember the child was outside until something on television jogged their memories. The girl had been in the car for about 2 hours.
Lawrence man sentenced for raping student
(Information in the following story is from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A 41-year-old Lawrence man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping a University of Kansas student in 1997.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports Robert E. Grey was sentenced Friday to the least amount of time possible under Kansas sentencing guidelines. He was convicted in a retrial in May for raping a 20-year-old university junior.
The new sentence is 16 months shorter than one issued after Grey's first conviction in 2009. A Kansas Court of Appeals panel awarded Grey a retrial last year after finding that prosecutorial misconduct deprived him of a fair trial the first time.
The case went cold for years until authorities linked a fingerprint found on the victim's car to Grey.
Grey has already served nearly seven years, which will count toward time served.
2 Minnesotans killed in Kansas crash
MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) - Two Minnesota residents have been killed in a two-vehicle crash in central Kansas.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says 69-year-old Kay Dianne Pautz and 70-year-old Gary Walter Pautz died in the accident north of McPherson on Thursday. Both victims were from Alexandria, Minnesota.
The patrol says the accident occurred when another car tried to pass the car the victims were in, causing their car to strike the rear of the passing vehicle and then swerve and rollover.
US senator boosts TV ads ahead of Kansas primary
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has intensified his television advertising ahead of the Republican primary to run a new spot highlighting a state medical board investigation of tea party challenger Milton Wolf.
The new ad began airing statewide Friday as part of what Roberts' said was a $350,000 push before the Aug. 5 election. Wolf spokesman Ben Hartman called the ad misleading.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported this week that the medical board is investigating Wolf over his past postings of graphic X-ray images on a personal Facebook page. The newspaper said it received a letter from a board attorney, asking it to share information in its possession about the postings.
Wolf is a Leawood radiologist and acknowledged posting the X-ray images and dark humor commentary in 2010. He apologized publicly.
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