Kansas Man Accused in Slayings Was Troubled

6 years 11 months 2 days ago Friday, August 19 2011 Aug 19, 2011 Friday, August 19, 2011 5:44:53 PM CDT August 19, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) -- A DNA analyst says blood found inside a northeast Kansas home after four people were slain there belonged to a man on trial for their killings.

Jurors viewed videotaped testimony Friday from the analyst during the capital murder trial of 48-year-old James Kraig Kahler.

The former Columbia, Mo., utility official is charged with fatally shooting his estranged wife, their two teenage daughters and his wife's grandmother in late November 2009 in the grandmother's home near Burlingame.

DNA analyst Brittin McMahon, of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, gave the videotaped testimony in May. She's currently in Afghanistan doing DNA analysis for the U.S. Army. Fellow KBI forensics scientist Kelly Woodward testified that fingerprints at the scene couldn't be matched conclusively with Kahler's.

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