Kan. Murder Suspect Blamed Divorce on Wife's Lover

7 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, August 16 2011 Aug 16, 2011 Tuesday, August 16, 2011 5:53:00 PM CDT August 16, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) - An attorney for a man accused of killing his wife and other relatives in Kansas disputes testimony the defendant wanted to introduce another woman into their sexual life.

Thomas Haney, who represents capital murder defendant James Kraig Kahler, described the claim by a witness Tuesday as a fantasy.

Kahler is charged in the shooting deaths of his estranged wife, their two teenage daughters and his wife's grandmother in late November 2009 at the grandmother's home in Osage County.

Defense attorneys contend Kahler snapped mentally because his wife, Karen, was pursuing a divorce amid a lesbian affair.

Karen Kahler's divorce attorney testified Tuesday that she said her husband brought the two women together.

James Kahler is a former Columbia, Mo., city official but lived near Topeka when the killings occurred.

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