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AG Derek Schmidt: State Supreme Court upholds conviction, death sentence of James Kraig Kahler

Release Date: Feb 09, 2018

TOPEKA – (February 9, 2018) – The Kansas Supreme Court today upheld the capital murder conviction and death sentence of James Kraig Kahler in the 2009 killings of his wife, two daughters and wife’s grandmother in Osage County.

James Kraig Kahler was convicted of capital murder by an Osage County jury in August 2011 in connection with the 2009 murders of his wife, Karen Kahler, their two teenage daughters, Emily and Lauren, and Karen Kahler’s grandmother, Dorothy Wight, in Burlingame. Kahler was sentenced to death by Chief District Court Judge Phillip Fromme in October 2011.

“The decision today affirms the conviction and death sentence based on an Osage County jury’s findings and moves this case forward one more step,” Schmidt said.

Kahler becomes the fifth person in Kansas whose sentence of death has been upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court since the death penalty was reinstated. The other four are Scott Cheever, John Robinson, Gary Kleypas and Sydney Gleason. Ten people currently are under sentence of death in Kansas.

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