Witchita, KS — A bright light now brilliantly shines where there was once only darkness. An innocent man, who was being railroaded because of the state’s immoral drug war, has beaten the system, and justice has prevailed.
Kyler Carricker’s world turned into a nightmare on April 17th, 2013, when he and a friend had finished work and were headed out to go fishing. The pair was stopped by a train where they ran into Carriker’s former classmate and Carriker was asked if he could find any “smoke,” meaning marijuana. Carriker said he could try, so they exchanged telephone numbers.
What Carriker didn’t know was that his old classmate from school had since become an active gang member. This former classmate planned to rob Carriker and whomever else was involved in the marijuana transaction.
Kyler Carriker agreed to meet his former classmate at his friend Kyle Belts’ home to introduce his former classmate and the marijuana dealer. However, the former classmate arrived with several other gang members, and later testified in court to the fact that the plan was to rob Carriker, Belts, and Ronald Betts, the marijuana dealer and brother of former Kansas state Senator Donald Betts.
Almost immediately upon entering Belts’ home, the gang members began firing. Carriker and Betts were both shot and unfortunately Betts died from his injuries.
According to Carriker’s family, after leaving the home, the shooter bragged to the other gang members, saying that he had “killed them all.”
After the shooting, instead seeking actual justice for this killing, Carriker was charged with the murder of Betts because he acted as a middleman in the marijuana sale.
In a tyrannically absurd move, the state of Kansas added marijuana offenses to the list of inherently dangerous felonies, or crimes where death is likely to occur. The law was amended on July 1, 2013, three months after the incident involving Carriker. However, the state retroactively applied this nonsense to Carriker’s case.
Carriker did absolutely nothing morally wrong; he merely lined up a potential trade deal between two other people. In the process, he and his friend became victims of an armed robbery. For being victimized by gang members, Carriker was facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison, without the possibility of parole.
He harmed no one.
A child could tell you that the death of Betts was a result of the robbery and not a marijuana deal, as deals do not involve one party killing the other. However, the court has ruled that Carriker’s attorney could not use this as a defense.
Despite the blatant railroading of Carricker by the local justice system, a jury found him not guilty on Thursday. Justice prevailed and the state’s asinine and tyrannical attempt at charging Carricker with murder was foiled.
Thanks to a rational and intelligent jury, this loving husband and father of two will now be able to live out a normal life instead of spending the next 20 years in prison.