Kyle Flack sat through hours of preliminary hearing testimony Tuesday as prosecutors began laying out their case against him in four killings, including the death of an 18-month-old girl, that outraged the Ottawa community last year.
Early testimony focused on Flack’s arrest and interrogation on May 8, when police asked him “Where is the baby?” and he allegedly answered, “What baby?”
Tuesday afternoon, crime scene investigators took onlookers through the discovery of three decaying bodies on the farm where Flack lived with two of the victims. The bodies’ discovery sparked a search for Flack and the missing child, whose body lay undiscovered for days in a suitcase dumped in a rural creek.
Flack, 28, is charged with capital murder in the deaths of Kaylie Bailey, 21, of Olathe and her daughter, Lana-Leigh Bailey. He is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of housemates Andrew Stout, 30, and Steven E. White, 31. He also is charged with the attempted rape of Kaylie Bailey and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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After his arrest, Flack told officers he had heard something had happened to a friend and asked whether the officers could tell him what, according to testimony. But later that day, during 10 hours of questioning spread over two sessions, Flack allegedly recounted details of at least one killing.
According to testimony from Franklin County sheriff’s Deputy Jeremi Thompson, Flack said Stout had confronted White about rent money he owed and had ordered White to move out. Stout followed White outside carrying a shotgun. He shot White, then handed the shotgun to Flack, who also fired.
“I shot him. He dies,” Thompson quoted Flack as saying.
Before the hearing, Franklin County District Judge Thomas Sachse ruled that prosecutors could introduce Flack’s statement. Kansas Deputy Attorney General Victor Braden said prosecutors intended to use only the portion concerning White’s death.
Authorities previously had said that White died between April 20 and April 29 and Stout died on April 29. The rape attempt on Bailey allegedly happened May 1, the day she and her daughter were killed.
Stout’s boss testified that Stout didn’t show up for work on April 29. A friend who went by Stout’s house that day found Flack alone. Flack said Stout had left to run errands.
Bailey’s mother, Lisa Smith, testified that she last saw her daughter and granddaughter the morning of May 1 in Olathe before they left for Stout’s house.
Friends called police to the farm twice before authorities found the bodies on May 6.
A tarp and cinder blocks covered White’s body in a detached garage, investigators testified. He had been shot in the head and chest.
Investigators found Stout’s and Bailey’s bodies inside the home’s master bedroom, beneath a pile of clothes. Bailey was naked from the waist down, a red bandanna tied around her neck and her arms held behind her by a black zip tie. She had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to her head, investigators testified.
Authorities found her purse in a laundry basket in the bedroom, and they found a child’s car seat in the garage. Several spent shotgun shells littered the bedroom.
Police spotted Bailey’s car in Emporia before arresting Flack at a friend’s Emporia apartment, where they also found a duffel bag that reportedly belonged to Flack. Among its contents were black zip ties.
Three days later, searchers found a small child’s body inside a suitcase in a creek near Stubbs Road, just across the Franklin County line in Osage County. Sheets of paper scattered along the creek’s bank bore the names of Bailey and her daughter. Searchers also found diapers.
The case is being prosecuted by Braden, Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting and Assistant County Attorney James T. Ward.
Flack is being defended by Ron Evans, head of the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit.
Testimony will continue Wednesday, when the pathologist who conducted the autopsies is expected to appear.