Kahler preliminary hearing postponed until May

Thursday, February 18, 2010 | 8:59 a.m. CST; updated 9:40 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 18, 2010

LYNDON, Kan. — The preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for a former Columbia city official who is charged with killing four members of his family in Burlingame, Kan.

The hearing for 46-year-old James Kraig Kahler was rescheduled Wednesday, moving the hearing from March 18 to May 19.

Kahler faces capital murder charges in the deaths of his wife, 44-year-old Karen Kahler; his daughters, 18-year-old Emily and 16-year-old Lauren; and his grandmother-in-law, 89-year-old Dorothy Wight. The shootings happened Nov. 28 at Wight's home in Burlingame.

Osage County court administrator John Steelman said the hearing was delayed to allow Kahler's new attorney more time to prepare.

Kahler is the former director of the Water & Light Department in Columbia. His wife had filed for divorce in January 2009.


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