2011 News Releases

Jury recommends death penalty for Kahler

Release Date: Aug 29, 2011

LYNDON – (August 29, 2011) – An Osage County jury today recommended the death penalty for James Kraig Kahler in the killings of four members of his family, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Chief District Judge Phillip Fromme will consider the jury’s recommendation when sentencing Kahler. Sentencing is set for Oct. 11 at 9:30 a.m.

The jury last week found Kahler, 48, guilty of capital murder in the 2009 killings of his wife, Karen Kahler; their two teenage daughters, Emily and Lauren; and Karen Kahler’s grandmother, Dorothy Wight. The killings occurred at Wight’s home in Burlingame.

Today is the first time a Kansas jury has recommend a sentence of death since March 2009, when Justin Thurber was sentenced to death for the 2007 rape and murder of Cowley County Community College student Jodi Sanderholm.

Assistant Attorney General Amy Hanley and Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones prosecuted the Kahler case.

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