Death Penalty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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A Sedgwick County judge has declined to declare the state's death penalty law unconstitutional.

The ruling yesterday came in the case of two brothers who are accused of a crime spree in December 2000 that ended with the execution-style killings of four people.

District Judge Paul Clark says the dozens of national research studies discussed at a one-and-a-half-day hearing did not give him enough reason to overturn the law. Some of the studies suggested that death penalty juries can be racially biased or unable to follow legal instructions.

The trial for Reginald and Jonathan Carr is scheduled to start September ninth. The brothers face more than five-dozen charges, including four counts of capital murder.

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