Crime & Courts

Kansas death penalty trial set to begin in quadruple killings

After his arrest in 2013, Kyle Flack is escorted by police to the Franklin County Courthouse from the Franklin Detention Center in Ottawa.
After his arrest in 2013, Kyle Flack is escorted by police to the Franklin County Courthouse from the Franklin Detention Center in Ottawa.

Opening statements and testimony in the capital murder trial of a man accused of killing four people in Franklin County are set to begin Monday.

Kyle Trevor Flack is charged in the 2013 shotgun killings of four people, including an Olathe woman and her 18-month-old daughter.

A jury already has been chosen for a trial expected to last several weeks in Franklin County District Court in Ottawa.

Three of the victims – Andrew Stout, 30; Steven White, 31; and Kaylie Bailey, 21 – were found dead at a farmhouse outside Ottawa where Flack lived with Stout and White, according to previous testimony.

Searchers found the body of Bailey’s daughter, Lana, about a week later inside a suitcase floating in a creek.

According to testimony during a 2014 preliminary hearing, DNA evidence showed that Lana was killed in the same bedroom where her mother’s body was found naked from the waist down with her hands bound behind her back with a plastic zip tie.

Flack, 30, is charged with a single count of capital murder in those two deaths because prosecutors say they were killed as part of the same “course of conduct.”

He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the killings of Stout and White.

If jurors find Flack guilty, the trial will proceed to a sentencing phase, in which prosecutors would seek a death sentence on the capital murder charge and sentences of life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years on each of the first-degree murder charges.

Prosecutors say White died between April 20 and 29 in 2013. Stout was killed on April 29, and Kaylie Bailey and Lana were killed on May 1, according to testimony at the preliminary hearing.

But it was not until May 6, 2013, that police discovered the bodies after being called to the property by concerned friends and relatives of the victims.

White’s body was under a pile of debris in the garage. In the bedroom, police found the bodies of Bailey and Stout.

Police arrested Flack in Emporia two days after the bodies were found.

Lana’s body was found several days after that.

After his arrest, Flack told deputies that Stout shot White during a dispute over rent money. He then said Stout handed the gun to him and he also shot White, according to preliminary hearing testimony.

The interview stopped when Flack requested an attorney.

He has been in custody since his arrest.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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