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Judge OKs DNA evidence in Ottawa murder case

August 29, 2013

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OTTAWA — DNA experts can use all the evidence samples in the case of a 28-year-old man charged with killing four people at a farm in eastern Kansas, a Franklin County judge ruled today.

A brief status hearing was held for Kyle Trevor Flack, who is charged with capital murder, first-degree murder, rape and criminal possession of a firearm in the deaths of Andrew Adam Stout, 30; Steven Eugene White, 31; Kaylie Kathleen Bailey, 21, and her 18-month-old daughter, Lana-Leigh.

The three adults were found dead in early May in and around a house about five miles west of Ottawa. The child's body was found days later in rural Osage County.

Flack appeared at the hearing in jail garb, leg irons and handcuffs, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Flack's lawyer, Ron Evans, also attended the hearing.

Chief Judge Thomas Sachse said DNA experts can use all of the samples if they're needed to obtain good results. Prosecutors had sought the DNA testing of 13 items that could be used as evidence. The nature of the items hasn't been detailed.

The judge also granted a two-week continuance on a preliminary hearing, which had been scheduled for Feb. 24. The new hearing date is March 11. The delay was sought by Deputy Kansas Attorney General Victor Braden, who asked for a continuance because he has a military obligation.

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