Osage County residents paying for trial

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) Osage County residents are paying higher taxes because of the upcoming capital murder trial for defendant James Kraig Kahler.

Tiny Osage County, population 16,386, will pay more than $200,000 to stage Kahler’s trial, which begins Monday.

County Commissioner Ken Kuykendall told The Topeka Capital-Journal that the $200,000 is specifically for the trial. Another $60,000 was spent on upgrading the courtroom where the trial will take place.

Kahler is charged with capital murder in the 2009 deaths of four people; four alternative counts of first-degree murder; and one count of aggravated burglary of the Burlingame home of Dorothy Wight, a slaying victim whose home was the homicide scene.

Besides Wight, the victims were Kahler’s wife, Karen Kahler; and daughters 16-year-old Lauren, and 18-year-old Emily. Wight was Karen Kahler’s grandmother.