Man charged with 4 murders waives hearing to protect son

James Kraig Kahler

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) -- A Missouri man charged with killing four family members in Kansas said he wants to waive a preliminary hearing so his son doesn't have to testify.

The Kansas Attorney General's office is opposing the motion from James Kraig Kahler to bypass a preliminary hearing scheduled to start Dec. 21 in Osage County District Court in Lyndon.

Kahler, a former Columbia, Mo., city official, is charged with four counts of capital murder in the November 2009 deaths of his wife, their two teenage daughters and the wife's grandmother in Burlingame, Kan.

The couple's son was in the home when the slayings occurred. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Wednesday that Kahler said in a court motion that he doesn't want his son exposed to the stress and trauma of testifying.