Testimony Wraps Up in Quadruple Murder Trial

6 years 8 months 1 day ago Wednesday, August 24 2011 Aug 24, 2011 Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:20:38 PM CDT August 24, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

LYNDON, Kan. - Testimony has concluded in the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing his wife, their two teenage daughters and his wife's grandmother in northeast Kansas.

Jurors in the trial of 48-year-old James Kraig Kahler heard testimony Wednesday from a psychiatrist who said Kahler could deliberate and form the intent to kill despite being depressed.

Attorneys are expected to give closing arguments Thursday and jurors are expected to begin deliberations shortly afterward.

Prosecutors are pursing the death penalty over the shootings, which occurred the weekend after Thanksgiving 2009 in the home of his wife's grandmother about 20 miles south of Topeka. Kahler is a former city utilities director in Weatherford, Texas and Columbia, Mo., but he moved back to Kansas weeks before the murder.

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