Archive for Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jury selected for Osage County trial of man accused of killing his family

August 10, 2011


— A pool of 45 potential jurors has been selected for the trial of a man accused of killing four family members in Kansas in November 2009.

The Topeka Capital Journal reports that the jury pool was finalized Tuesday. The potential jurors are scheduled to return to the Osage County Courthouse on Friday to begin the process of selecting 12 jurors and three alternates.

They'll decide the fate of James Kraig Kahler, who's charged with capital murder in the Thanksgiving weekend 2009 deaths of his estranged wife, two daughters and his wife's grandmother.

Kahler had resigned as water department director in Columbia, Mo., several weeks before the killings at his wife's grandmother's home in Burlingame, Kan. The Kahlers were in the midst of a divorce at the time.


Number_1_Grandma 6 years, 6 months ago

Upset because his soon to be ex wife, ran off with a woman. Phelps clan has already been picketing the Osage County Courthouse. Kahler is going to be claiming insanity when it really was embarrassment because his wife would rather be with a woman than him!

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 6 months ago

Wow. I looked all over the net and couldn't find anything about this. Is this just rumor, Granny? Or do you have some source for this?

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the info. I read the CJ article and some other questions popped up for me. Dunno if anybody can answer them. The Kahler's had moved from Texas to Columbia and had only lived there for about a year before the split. Mrs. Kahler had requested restraining orders against her husband at some point while they were still in TX (if I get it right), an indication that this had been a pretty turbulent relationship for some time. Did the relationship with Reese start when they were still in TX or after they moved to MO? If it was after they moved to Columbia, it doesn't wash. The man had already given indications in TX that he had a propensity for violence. If it started in Texas, unless the woman followed them, then moving to Columbia would be an indication that the relationship had been over for some time and was no longer a factor. Yeah, I think a good prosecutor could rip all kinds of holes in this defense strategy.

Danielle Brunin 6 years, 6 months ago

Probably because she was a victim of domestic abuse at his hands. Thing is though, how could he not be insane? What sane person would shoot his own children who were begging for their lives? He is clearly a sociopath. Maybe the death penalty would finally put him out of his misery.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 6 months ago

Really? Kansas doesn't have an insanity plea? I didn't know that.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 6 months ago

Don't hold your breath. Kansas hasn't executed anyone since 1976. They just keep the law on the books to look pretty.

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