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Witness: Defendant lost control before killings
Defense witness testifies Kansas man lost control mentally at time of quadruple homicide
By The Associated Press

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) ' A psychiatrist has testified during a sentencing hearing that a Kansas man had lost control mentally on the night he shot and killed four family members in November 2009.

James Kraig Kahler (KAY'-lur) was convicted Friday on four counts of capital murder in the deaths of his estranged wife, their two teenage daughters and his wife's grandmother at the older woman's home in Burlingame.

The jury began hearing testimony Monday on whether Kahler should be sentenced to death or spend life in prison.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports ( that defense psychiatrist Stephen Peterson testified Kahler was suffering from severe, major depression when he shot the victims.

Osage County prosecutor Brandon Jones told jurors the victims suffered serious anguish as Kahler walked through the home firing at them.

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