Update: Father to stand trial for 4 slayings

James Kraig Kahler, 47

Update: Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 12:30 p.m.:

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas man has been ordered to stand trial for the Thanksgiving weekend 2009 shooting deaths of four family members.

James Kraig Kahler is to be arraigned Feb. 7 on one count of capital murder and four alternative counts of first-degree murder. He is accused of fatally shooting his wife, their two daughters and his wife's grandmother on Nov. 28, 2009.

During Kahler's preliminary hearing Tuesday his 11-year-old son testified that he was sitting with his mother at his grandmother's home when his dad killed her with a rifle.

An Osage County sheriff's deputy testified that three of the four victims were still alive when he arrived at the Burlingame home of 89-year-old victim Dorothy Wight.

Also killed were 44-year-old Karen Kahler, 18-year-old Emily Kahler and 16-year-old Lauren Kahler.

Original Story:

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) -- An 11-year-old Kansas boy said he was cleaning coins with his mother at his great-grandmother's house when his father came into the home and shot his mother with a deer rifle.

The boy testified Tuesday in a preliminary hearing for 47-year-old James Kraig Kahler. The father is charged in Osage County with four counts of capital murder in the November 2009 killings of his wife, her grandmother and the couple's two daughters.

Kahler was working at the time as a city official in Columbia, Mo.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the boy testified over a remote television hookup to Osage County District Court.

Kahler had offered to waive the hearing because he didn't want his son exposed to the stress and emotional trauma of testifying.

The hearing was expected to last at least through Tuesday.

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