State Will Seek Death For Suspect In 4 Killings

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) _ A former Columbia, Mo., city official will
face the death penalty if he's convicted of the Thanksgiving
weekend 2009 shooting deaths of four family members.

Prosecutors said Monday they will seek the death penalty when
James Kraig Kahler goes on trial in August in the deaths of his
estranged wife, two daughters and his wife's grandmother in
Burlingame, Kan.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that during Kahler's
arraignment on Monday, assistant attorney general Amy Hanley said
the crime deserves a death penalty because the crimes were
especially heinous and involved more than one victim.

Kahler's trial is scheduled to start Aug. 8.

Kahler was director of the Water and Light Department in
Columbia, Mo., until shortly before the shootings.

Information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal,

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