Juror questioning opens in trial of former Water and Light chief Kraig Kahler

Monday, July 25, 2011 | 5:30 p.m. CDT

LYNDON, Kan. — Attorneys began interviewing hundreds of potential jurors Monday for the quadruple homicide trial of former Columbia Water and Light director Kraig Kahler in east-central Kansas.

Kahler is scheduled for trial Aug. 8 on four counts of capital murder in the Osage County District Court in Lyndon. He has pleaded not guilty.

WIBW-TV reported nearly 300 potential jurors were questioned at Lyndon High School because the county courthouse was too small.

The TV station also reported that the questionnaire given to the potential jurors was about 20 pages long, whereas typical questionnaires are about a page in length. 

The prospective jurors were divided into two groups, and Kahler was present for the jury selection, reported WBIW.

Kahler is accused in the November 2009 shootings of his ex-wife, Karen Kahler; their two teenage daughters, Emily and Lauren Kahler; and his ex-wife's grandmother, Dorothy Wight. The killings happened at Wight's home in Burlingame.

Kahler was living in Meriden at the time of the killings.

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