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Source: The Wichita Eagle | October 18, 2002


Surprise Testimony Stuns Court
The survivor of a multiple homicide reveals that after the attacks, she was
found to have the same venereal disease as Reginald Carr, the man accused
of assaulting her.
By Ron Sylvester
White slut, and race traitor Stephanie Donley talks about how she observed
that her mass murdering black boyfriend had VD. Reginald Carr was arrested
in her apartment.
The day Reginald Carr decided not to attend his capital murder trial, surprise evidence
may have more solidly connected him to a home invasion that led to the killing of four
people.
Both prosecutors and defense lawyers were
surprised Thursday to learn that the lone
survivor of the quadruple homicide, who had
also been raped, was later diagnosed with
the same type of sexually-transmitted
disease that police, a nurse and his former
girlfriend say Reginald Carr also had.
That revelation marked the strangest day in
court so far in the capital murder trial of
brothers Jonathan and Reginald Carr.
Reginald Carrs lawyer, Jay Greeno, was
questioning a detective and a nurse about
the presence of a venereal disease on his
client when they took blood, hair and saliva
samples the evening following the quadruple homicide.
During a break, District Attorney Nola Foulston learned that the surviving witness had
been treated months later for the same condition. When Foulston presented the
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evidence, outside the view of television cameras broadcasting the trial, Greeno was so
surprised he didnt object.
The survivor had not been able to identify Reginald Carr during a preliminary hearing
before pointing to him at trial, leaving a small hole that the defense could possibly call
into question. Lawyers said in opening remarks that DNA evidence at the home where
five people were abducted and assaulted would be stronger against Jonathan Carr than
against Reginald Carr.
But the new information appears to provide a stronger link to Reginald Carr and the
likelihood of his presence in a triplex at 12727 E. Birchwood Drive, where the woman
and her friends were attacked before being shot.
Later, Greeno argued that the states surprise was unfair and asked for a mistrial. But
Judge Paul Clark overruled the objection, made outside the jurys presence.
The District Attorney didnt know it, nobody in law enforcement knew it, until this
morning, Clark ruled.
Stephanie Donley, who testified Thursday, said she met Reggie Carr at a nightclub in
Dodge City in October 2000. She said she recognized the presence of the STD when
they began seeing each other several weeks later.
Carr would stay at her apartment at 5400 E. 21st St. when she wasnt working the night
shift as a nurse at a Wichita hospital. She said neither he nor his younger brother,
Jonathan, had jobs.
But in early December, Donley noticed Reginald Carr carrying wads of more than $800
in cash. He said he won it fighting his pit bull.
Then Reginald Carr and his brother borrowed her Toyota Camry about 5:30 p.m. on
Dec. 14. He didnt come back for 12 hours, and Donley said she was angry.
When they returned, Reginald Carr began moving in lots of stuff: shirts, electronics and
a big-screen television. Donley said he told her it all belonged to him, that he had been
keeping it at his sisters house on North Poplar Avenue and she had ordered him to
move.
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Afterwards, Reginald Carr took a shower. Moments later, the police were knocking on
the door. It turned out that the property he moved into Donleys apartment came from
the Birchwood triplex.
The jury remained oblivious to the reason for Reginald Carrs absence during the
morning session of the trial that could bring him the death penalty.
Greeno told the judge that jail guards had gone to Carrs cell Thursday morning and
found him still in bed with the sheets pulled over his head, saying he did not want to go
to court. Carr had recently been on suicide watch, said Sedgwick County sheriffs Sgt.
Cliff Miller.
Miller told the judge Thursday that Carr this week had threatened deputies transporting
him from his cell to the courtroom.
Foulston, meanwhile, said Carr had been getting a little too close, making knee-to-
knee contact with her under the courtroom table while lawyer Val Wachtel cross-
examined witnesses. Wachtel, Greenos co-counsel, usually sits between his client and
the prosecution.
Millers request for further restraints on Reginald Carr brought objections from both
defense tables.
I dont want anyone to get hurt, but I want my client to get a fair trial, Greeno told
Clark. Greeno added that putting Reginald Carr in shackles before the jury would
prejudice them.
Ron Evans, Jonathan Carrs lawyer, continued to ask the judge to give the brothers
separate trials.
Reginald Carr continues to affect our right to a fair trial, Evans said.
Clark ruled that officers would restrain Reginald Carrs legs and hands under the table in
a way unnoticeable to the jury. As Carr listened to Donley, visibly irked at times, he sat
with his hands shackled to his waist and in leg irons. Evidence blocked views under the
table and guards wrapped the chains in duct tape to keep them from jangling.
The paramount thing is to provide a fair trial, Clark said.
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Of Reginald Carr, the judge added: If he comes to court, he is going to act like a
gentleman.
Reach Ron Sylvester at 268-6514 or rsylvester@wichitaeagle.com.