KAHLER KILLINGS: Elderly Kansas woman dies following shootings

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | 9:18 a.m. CST; updated 1:03 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 2, 2009

TOPEKA, Kan. — An elderly northeast Kansas woman has died from injuries in a weekend shooting that also claimed her granddaughter and two great-granddaughters.

Kansas' attorney general announced on Wednesday the death of 89-year-old Dorothy Wight of Osage County.

Spokeswoman Ashley Anstaett said Wight died Tuesday at a Topeka hospital but the attorney general's office delayed the announcement until family members were notified.

The shootings Saturday occurred in Wight's home outside Burlingame.

James Kraig Kahler, 46, a former Columbia Water and Light director already is charged with capital murder in the deaths of his 44-year-old estranged wife, Karen, and their daughters, 18-year-old Emily and 16-year-old Lauren.

Authorities say their 10-year-old son, Sean, also was at the home but was not physically injured.


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