Archive for Thursday, September 8, 2011

Osage County man convicted of killing his family asks for court-appointed attorneys

September 8, 2011


— A former Missouri man convicted of killing four family members in Kansas says he's broke and needs court-appointed attorneys.

James Kraig Kahler is specifically asking an Osage County judge to appoint the attorneys who represented him at his trial to continue to serve on his case.

The 48-year-old Meriden man was convicted in August of killing his wife, two daughters and his wife's grandmother at a Burlingame home in November 2009. The jury then recommended he receive the death penalty.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that court records say the cost of the trial and a trust fund for his 12-year-old son, Sean, have drained Kahler's funds.

Kahler, a former city utilities director in Weatherford, Texas, and Columbia, Mo., will be sentenced Oct. 11.


Bluejay1 6 years, 6 months ago

Don't do the good people of Osage County a diservice by refering to this mass murderer as an "Osage County" man. His only tie to Osage County is that is where his wife's grandmother lived and it was her house he drove to slaughter his wife, her grandmother, and his two daughters. I believe he drove there from his parent's house in Meriden where he was living. The good people of Osage County simply were left with the burden of paying for this man's trial (which he had a constitutional right to) and for gathering a jury of good and ordinary citizens to undertake the weighty task of deciding this man's guilt and punishment. By the way, I do not live in Osage County, but those that do have my thanks for a job well done.

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