WICHITA, Kan. -

Even though a jury sentenced Jonathan and Reginald Carr to death, the families of the victims have to deal with it all over again.  

Next week the Carr brothers' lawyers plan to tell the Kansas Supreme Court those convictions should be overturned.

"It was a jolt," said Shelly Prichard, who oversees a memorial scholarship dedicated to four of the victims.  "And I immediately thought of the family. And I thought, my heart goes out to them for the continued reminder of the tragedies."

It's been more than a decade since the deaths of Jason Befort, Brad Heyka, Aaron Sander, and Heather Muller.  The four friends were killed December 15, 2000, by Jonathan and Reginald Carr.  A fifth woman was also shot and survived.  The Carrs are also convicted of killing Ann Walenta days before the other murders.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says his team is ready for the case.  And, he says Tuesday's hearings aren't the be all, end all of this case. In many ways it's just the beginning.

"This is an appeal like any other that comes before the Kansas Supreme Court asking to set aside their convictions," said Marc Bennett.  "This is the very first appeal in this case."

Bennett worked in the prosecutor's office during the original case and says his team is ready for any arguments.

"Let's put it this way, I know a great deal of effort went into the trial itself," he said.   "I feel confident whatever the outcome may be it won't be for lack of diligence on our part."

The prosecutors office will have two lawyers who actually worked the case make its arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court Tuesday.  That personal experience, Bennett says, will help.

He  adds, however, it will be months, maybe years, before the court makes a ruling because the Carrs have raised so many issues.  For example, the brothers say they each should've had their own trial.  Their attorneys are also challenging the Kansas death penalty.

But, even if the court sides with the Carrs, Bennett says that doesn't mean they'll go free.

"If the Kansas Supreme Court decides the guilt phase was not fair," he said, the case "can be remanded and sent back to Wichita and we have to try again." 

Since there was no life without the possibility of parole at the time of the murders, if the court sets aside the death penalty there is no automatic new sentence.  There would have to be a new sentencing hearing at the Sedgwick County courthouse.

Bennett says no matter the outcome of Tuesday's hearings it'll be a long time before the Carr brothers' case is over.

"I can tell you this, it would be years, many years before we can reasonably expect to see a death penalty verdict imposed," said Bennett.

During that time the victims' families are continually reminded of what happened.

"They obviously will never forget what happened," said Prichard.  "And it's a part of their daily thoughts and lives."

Prichard, like the District Attorney's Office, is in frequent contact with the victims' families.   She hopes to see something good come from the renewed interest in the case.

"This may help bring a little light to the fund that the family has established and could help even more students go to school," she said, speaking about the memorial Forget Me Not scholarship administered by the Wichita Community Foundation.