Kyle Flack sat stoically 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.
Morning testimony focused on Flack’s May 8 arrest and interrogation, when police asked, “Where is the baby?” and he allegedly answered, “What baby?”
Also Tuesday, crime scene investigators took onlookers through the gruesome discovery of three decaying bodies on the farm where Flack lived with two of the victims. That find sparked a search for Flack and the missing child, whose body would 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.
After his arrest, Flack told officers he’d heard something had happened to a friend and asked if 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 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. Deputy Kansas Attorney General Victor Braden said prosecutors only intended to use the portion concerning White’s death.
Authorities have said White died between April 20 and April 29, and Stout died 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 missed work April 29. A friend went by Stout’s house and 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.
Concerned friends called police to the farm twice before the bodies were finally found 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 and Bailey in the master bedroom, beneath a pile of clothes. Bailey was naked from the waist down, a red bandana 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.
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. One shell was found in the garage and another in a trash can.
Police spotted Bailey’s car in Emporia, Kan., before arresting Flack at a friend’s Emporia apartment, where they also found a duffel bag that reportedly belonged to Flack. Among its contents: 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 into Osage County. Sheets of paper scattered along the 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.