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LYNDON, Kan. -  A jury has recommended that a former Columbia city employee be sentenced to death for killing four family members in November 2009 in Kansas.

The jury returned its recommendation Monday after hearing more testimony about 48-year-old James Kraig Kahler and his state of mind at the time of the fatal shootings. The judge set sentencing for Oct. 11.

Kahler was convicted Friday of four counts of capital murder in the killings of his estranged wife, their two teenage daughters and the wife's grandmother at the older woman's home in Burlingame.

The defense argued for life in prison, saying Kahler was out of control emotionally and suffering deep depression when he went from room to room shooting the four victims.

Kahler lost his job as Columbia water and light director shortly before the homicides.