Suspect in Family's Death Objects to Jury Pool

7 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Friday, April 01 2011 Apr 1, 2011 Friday, April 01, 2011 9:19:14 AM CDT April 01, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) - A former Missouri city official is objecting to how the jury will be chosen for his trial in the deaths of four relatives in Kansas.

James Kraig Kahler, a former official in Columbia, Mo., is charged in the deaths of his estranged wife, two daughters and wife's grandmother in November 2009.

The jury will be Osage County residents who have driver's
licenses. Kahler's attorneys say in a motion filed last week that the process for picking a jury is unconstitutional.

Osage County is one of four counties in the Fourth Judicial District. Kahler's attorneys contend the jury should come from throughout the district, and jurors should not be required to have driver's licenses.

The Topeka Capital Journal reports that a hearing on the motion will be held May 17.

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