Crime & Courts

Who's on death row in Kansas

Jonathan, left, and Reginald Carr
Jonathan, left, and Reginald Carr Courtesy photos

Jurors have given 15 men death sentences since Kansas reinstated capital punishment in 1994. They are listed chronologically by crime date. The county and sentencing year are in parentheses.

▪ Gary Kleypas (Crawford County, 2008): For the March 30, 1996, rape and murder of Pittsburg State University student Carrie Williams. The Kansas Supreme Court overturned his sentence in 2001, but he was condemned again in 2008. His second death sentence was upheld earlier this month.

▪ Michael Marsh (Sedgwick County, 1998): Convicted of killing Marry Ane Pusch on June 17, 1996, and setting a fire that killed her toddler. He agreed to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder after his capital conviction was overturned. He is serving two life prison sentences.

▪ Gavin Scott (Sedgwick County, 2010): For the Sept. 13, 1996, shooting deaths of Doug and Beth Brittain in their rural Goddard home. He pleaded guilty to amended charges and was sentenced to two life prison terms after his death sentence was overturned.

▪ Stanley Elms (Sedgwick County, 2000): For the May 4, 1998, rape and killing of his neighbor Regina Gray. In 2004, Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston dropped his death penalty and agreed to let Elms serve life in prison if he halted an appeal accusing prosecutors of misconduct.

▪ John E. Robinson Sr. (Johnson County, 2002): For the murders of Izabel Lewicka and Suzette Trouten, whose bodies were found in barrels on his property in rural Linn County in 2000. The Kansas Supreme Court upheld his death sentence in November 2015.

▪ Jonathan and Reginald Carr (Sedgwick County, 2002): For the Dec. 15, 2000, shooting deaths of Jason Befort, Brad Heyka, Heather Muller and Aaron Sander. The Kansas Supreme Court threw out their death sentences in 2014, but the decision was later reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The cases are under review.

▪ Douglas Belt (Sedgwick County, 2004): For the June 25, 2002, sexual assault and decapitation of housekeeper Lucille Gallegos. Belt died in prison in April 2016, before his appeal could be heard. The Kansas Supreme Court upheld his capital murder conviction earlier this month.

▪ Phillip Cheatham Jr. (Shawnee County, 2015): For the shooting deaths of Annette Roberson and Gloria Jones at a Topeka duplex in December 2003. The Kansas Supreme Court threw out Cheatham’s convictions over incompetent counsel claims. He avoided death by pleading no contest to the charges.

▪ Sidney Gleason (Barton County, 2006): For the shooting deaths of crime witness Miki Martinez and her boyfriend, Darren Wornkey, on Feb. 24, 2004. The Kansas Supreme Court threw out his death sentence in 2014 but was later reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. The cases are still under review.

▪ Scott Cheever (Greenwood County, 2007): For the January 2005 shooting death of Sheriff Matt Samuels during a drug raid. The Kansas Supreme Court overturned Cheever’s conviction in 2012 but was later reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Cheever’s death sentence was upheld in July.

▪ Justin Thurber (Cowley County, 2009): For the January 2007 abduction, sexual assault and killing of 19-year-old college student Jodi Sanderholm, whose body was found in a wooded area near where her car had been sunk in a lake. His appeal hasn’t been heard yet by the Kansas Supreme Court.

▪ James Kraig Kahler (Osage County, 2011): For the November 2009 murders of his estranged wife, Karen Kahler; her grandmother Dorothy Wight; and the Kahlers’ daughters, Emily, 18, and Lauren, 16. His appeal hasn’t been heard yet by the Kansas Supreme Court.

▪ Kyle Trevor Flack (Franklin County, 2016): For the May 1, 2013, shotgun slayings of Kaylie Bailey and her toddler, Lana Bailey, at an Ottawa-area farmhouse. Lana’s body was found stuffed in a suitcase floating in a creek. His appeal hasn’t been heard yet by the Kansas Supreme Court.

▪ Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. (Johnson County, 2015): For the April 2014 shooting deaths of 14-year-old Reat Underwood, William Corporon and Terri LaManno outside Kansas City-area Jewish sites. His appeal hasn’t been heard yet by the Kansas Supreme Court.

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