Karen Kahler's family said the sentence doesn't dispel the dark cloud that hangs over them.
Karen Kahler's sister, Lynn Denton, dabbed at her eyes with a tissue after the sentence was announced.
Some potential jurors knew too much about the case against former Columbia Water and Light director James Kraig Kahler — and had firmly set opinions about the charges against him: four counts of capital murder in connection with the slayings of his estranged wife, her grandmother and his two daughters.
The trial of James Kraig Kahler of Meriden is scheduled to last at least three weeks in Osage County District Court. If convicted, Kahler could receive the death penalty, which is by lethal injection under Kansas law.
Chief Judge Phillip Fromme of the Osage County District Court ruled that evidence about a relationship between Kraig Kahler's wife and another woman can be heard during his trial.
Chief Judge Phillip Fromme ruled that Bill Hetrick and Lynn Denton could be in the courtroom except during the testimony of Sean Kahler, Karen and James Kraig Kahler’s surviving son.
A judge suggested that Kahler could participate by phone. He has been charged with killing his wife, two daughters and his wife's grandmother in November 2009.
Attorneys representing the former Columbia Water and Light director say the process for picking the jury is unconstitutional.
Kansas prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty for former Columbia Water and Light Director James Kraig Kahler if he is found guilty of murdering his wife, his two teenage daughters and his wife's grandmother.
In a preliminary hearing this week in Kansas, the victims' statements were presented as evidence against Kraig Kahler, who was in court on a capital murder charge.
Eleven-year-old Sean Kahler testified that he saw his father shoot his mother then heard several more shots as he fled the house to get help.
James Kraig Kahler has asked a Kansas court to waive his preliminary hearing to protect his young son from the trauma of testifying. The Kansas attorney general's office argues that the hearing should be held because the prosecution also has a right to the proceeding.
One year after the death of Karen Kahler, her boot camp students are working to raise awareness of domestic violence through an event, STOmP Domestic Violence. Members of the group say they are like a family, with camaraderie that Kahler fostered as their teacher.
The preliminary hearing for former Columbia Water and Light Director James Kraig Kahler — charged with capital murder in Kansas — has been pushed back a third time.
A Kansas judge denied James Kahler's lawyers' requests to dismiss the case against him because of documents seized by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. However, the judge is not allowing the state to use the documents as evidence in the case where Kahler is charged with a single count of capital murder.
An attorney for James Kraig Kahler is seeking to have the charges dismissed or have all prosecuting attorneys and investigators removed from the case.
James Kraig Kahler's attorneys argued the case was tainted because authorities seized documents related to a divorce case filed by his wife and a domestic assault case in Columbia.
The hearing in the murder case against former Columbia official Kraig Kahler was delayed until August to give Kahler's attorneys time to review new discovery documents.
Eleven-year-old Sean Kahler will testify against his father via a remote television at the June 22-23 preliminary hearing. His father, James Kraig Kahler, is charged with capital murder in the deaths of his wife, two daughters and his wife's grandmother.
A social worker said at a hearing Wednesday that testifying in court while his father watched could damage Sean Kahler's therapy. The father, James Kraig Kahler, is charged with capital murder in the deaths of his wife, his daughters and his wife's grandmother.