Venue Change Denied; Quadruple Murder Trial Begins

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

LYNDON, Kan. (WIBW) -- "Overwhelming prejudice" is what defense attorneys say prompted them to ask to move a quadruple murder trial out of Osage County on Monday.

It's the capital case against James Kraig Kahler, 48, charged with killing four in November 2009 in Burlingame.

Chief Judge Phillip Fromme overruled the motion and prosecutors agreed. They say it is possible to find a fair and impartial jury in Osage County.

Jury selection began Monday. Kahler is charged with capital murder for the deaths of his two teenaged daughters, his ex-wife, and her grandmother. He's also charged with aggravated burglary on the grandmother's home, which doubled as the murder scene.

Just six of 15 potential jurors survived Monday morning's panel. Attorneys released eight people who said they just couldn't push their pre-determined opinions aside for this trial. Monday morning's panel ran nearly two hours longer than scheduled.

Attorneys will interview nearly 260 prospective jurors in 13 panels of about 20 people. They hope to finish jury selection by Friday, then the state will start presenting evidence next Monday.

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