PHOTO GALLERY: Kahler sentenced to death
Monday, August 29, 2011 | 8:41 p.m. CDT;
updated 12:32 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Chief Judge Phillip Fromme and assistant attorney general Amy Hanley (right) and Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones waited for jurors to come into the courtroom to hear arguments on Aug. 29 on whether to impose the death penalty or a life sentence without parole on capital murderer James Kraig Kahler.
A Kansas jury decided that James Kraig Kahler should be sentenced to death after he was found guilty of murder in the deaths of his estranged wife, her mother and his two teenage daughters on Nov. 28, 2009. The prosecution and defense offered final arguments Monday before the jury reached its decision. The verdict in the penalty phase of the trial was announced at Osage County District Court in Lyndon, Kan.
A handcuffed James Kraig Kahler was escorted from the Osage County Courthouse on Aug. 29 by deputies shortly after a jury decided to impose the death penalty on him.
Stephen Peterson, forensic psychiatrist, told jurors James Kraig Kahler was psychologically out of control when he fatally shot four members of his family in November 2009 in Burlingame, Kan. Peterson was hired by the defense.
Using his hands to symbolize scales, defense attorney Tom Haney told Osage County District Court jurors on Aug. 29 to weigh the mitigating and aggravating circumstances to decide whether to impose the death penalty on capital murderer James Kraig Kahler or put him in prison for life without parole.
Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones numbers off the four victims as he urged jurors to impose the death penalty on capital murderer James Kraig Kahler in court on Aug. 29.
Lauren, Emily and Karen Kahler in a photo taken on Nov. 28, 2009.
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