Lawmaker sees need for Kansas death penalty fixes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee’s chairman says he’ll push again next year for changes aimed at expediting appeals in capital punishment cases.

Independence Republican Jeff King says the cases of capital murder defendants Jonathan and Reginald Carr show that the state’s system for handling death penalty cases is broken.

The senator pushed unsuccessfully earlier this year for legislation to shorten the appeals process.

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned the Carrs’ death sentences for a crime spree that ended with the shooting of four people in December 2000 in a Wichita field.

King noted that the Carrs were convicted and sentenced to die in 2002 and said it shouldn’t have taken so long for the high court to rule. He also disagreed with Friday’s ruling.

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