The state of Kansas would like to kill James Kraig Kahler if he's convicted of killing his estranged wife, two daughters and wife's grandmother on the day after
Thanksgiving 2009 in a home outside of Burlingame, Kansas.
Kahler, 48, is charged with four counts of capital
for the killings of his 44-year-old ex-wife, Karen; the couple's 18- and 16-year-old daughters, Emily and
Lauren; and Karen's 89-year-old grandmother, Dorothy
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported
that prosecutors are seeking the death penalty due to two aggravating
factors: The victims were killed "in an especially heinous,
atrocious or cruel manner" and "Kahler
knowingly killed or created a great risk of death to more than one
In December, Kahler's 11-year-old son testified at a
he witnessed his father fatally shoot his mother in November 2009. Kahler's son told the
court that he was cleaning coins with his mother when his father
barged into the home and shot his mother with a deer rifle. The boy ran to a neighbor's house for help.
Osage County sheriff's deputy Nathan Purling reportedly
testified that when he searched the second floor of the home, he
found Lauren Kahler "writhing in pain on the floor with blood on her
chest." He asked the teenager who shot her.
"My dad,"The Cap-Journal
Lauren Kahler told Purling.
What's his name? Purling asked.
"Kraig," the mortally wounded girl said.
Lauren Kahler, unable to breathe, twice held up her fingers to
communicate her age.
"''Don't let me die,'" Purling quoted her as saying. "'I don't want to
reported that when authorities tracked down Kraig Kahler, he claimed:
...James Kraig Kahler's trial is scheduled to start August 8. His defense attorney reportedly entered a plea of "not guilty" at the Monday arraignment. A pretrial hearing is reportedly set for July 12.
he was from Columbia, Mo., had been fired from his job, his wife had
filed for divorce, and his wife was having an affair with a woman.