KETR Local
7:58 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Murder trial with local connection nears end


– Testimony is drawing to a close in the murder trial of a former Greenville resident charged in Kansas with shooting his estranged wife, their two teenage daughters and the wife's grandmother.

The final day of testimony in the trial of 48-year-old James Kraig Kahler is expected Wednesday, with closing arguments Thursday. The victims were shot to death in late November 2009 at the wife's grandmother's home near Topeka, Kansas.

Defense attorneys contend Kahler snapped because his wife was having a lesbian affair and pursuing a divorce and that he couldn't control his behavior. Prosecutors argue the killings were premeditated.

The Kahler family lived in Greenville about 12 years ago and James worked as a senior engineer for the local electric utility system, while his wife, Karen, used to work for an athletic center.