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Suspect in Ottawa killings charged with four counts of first-degree murder; could face death penalty

May 10, 2013

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Kyle Flack makes his first appearance in court. He was charged in the Ottawa homicides. Photo by Bobby Burch/The Ottawa Herald

Kyle Flack makes his first appearance in court. He was charged in the Ottawa homicides. Photo by Bobby Burch/The Ottawa Herald

Kyle Flack makes his first appearance in court. He was charged in the Ottawa homicides. Photo by Bobby Burch/The Ottawa Herald

Kyle Flack makes his first appearance in court. He was charged in the Ottawa homicides. Photo by Bobby Burch/The Ottawa Herald

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Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards addresses the media Friday afternoon shortly following Kyle T. Flack's first court appearance where he was charged with murder and rape.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards addresses the media Friday afternoon shortly following Kyle T. Flack's first court appearance where he was charged with murder and rape.

Kyle T. Flack was charged with four counts of first-degree murder Friday of a woman and two men whose bodies were found in rural Ottawa earlier this week, as well as a toddler whose is still missing but presumed dead. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Bond in the case was set at $10 million.

The 27-year-old Ottawa man made his first court appearance at the Franklin County courthouse Friday afternoon to hear the charges, which also included a count of rape, a count of criminal possession of a firearm and two counts of capital murder, which opens up the possibility that Flack could face the death penalty if convicted.

Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting said his office had not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty in the case.

Flack who served four years in prison for attempted murder in the 2005 shooting of an Ottawa man and is said to have had mental and drug problems, appeared in court Friday wearing an orange- and white-striped prison uniform. He asked the judge “Do I get an attorney?” and was assigned Ron Evans, head of the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit in Topeka.

Flack told the judge he was eager to talk to Evans, saying, “The sooner I can see him, the sooner I can wrap this up.” His next court appearance, at which he could enter a plea, is scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Even as Flack was read the charges, law enforcement officers were combing the area around the murder scene at 3197 Georgia Road, about five miles west of Ottawa, looking for clues and for the body of one of the victims, 18-month-old Lana-Leigh Bailey.

“Mr. Flack has not indicated where Lana is," Hunting said.

The bodies of Lana-Leigh’s mother, Kaylie Kathleen Bailey, 21, of Olathe; Bailey’s boyfriend, Andrew Adam Stout, 30, of Ottawa; and Steven Eugene White, 31, of Ottawa; were found on the property earlier this week.

Officials continued to decline to say why they believe Lana-Leigh is dead, but they said all the victims had been shot.

The officials offered a bit more detail about when the homicides had occurred, saying they believe that White, who lived at the house with Stout, was killed between April 20 and 28, and that Lana-Leigh, her mother and Stout were all killed at the same time between April 28 and May 6. Bailey also was raped, according to the charges.

The bodies were found earlier this week. Flack, who apparently took Bailey’s black Toyota from the house, was detained Wednesday as a “person of interest” and arrested a day later. His relationship to the victims is not clear.

Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said that because the Toyota was found in Emporia, investigators are looking for clues between there and Ottawa, about 55 miles away.

Richards said more than 150 law enforcement officers are working the case, including investigators from the KBI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and area police departments.

Searchers on horseback could been seen Friday on either side of Georgia Road, where the Ottawa property is located, and along Highway 68, which goes past the property. Officials have also used dogs and aircraft in the search over the past couple of days.

At one point Friday afternoon, several police vehicles with small boats on trailers were seen heading north on Florida Road, just west of Georgia Road, but it was unclear where they were headed. There aren’t many significant bodies of water in the area, and it was unclear why the searchers might be using boats.

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ImRonBurgandy 11 months, 1 week ago

You are correct he gave details and there is evidence the child is dead. The only thing they haven't found is a body. But they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is not alive.

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Mollie New Leaf 11 months, 1 week ago

Throw him in a pit with others like him. The setting of the third season of Prison Break sounds about right.

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meggers 11 months, 2 weeks ago

So is he claiming he didn't do it? How can they presume the child is dead, then? I assumed he confessed, but it doesn't sound like it based on his statements in court.

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verity 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Question for an authority on the law:

It seems the first person he shot died some years later from the consequences, although the article doesn't make that clear. If so, could Flack not have been prosecuted for murder?

"Free was taken by air ambulance to a hospital, and placed in a medically induced coma. He survived, but was unable to work because of nerve damage to both arms. He died in 2011."

I agree with Perses above, attempted murder should be treated much more seriously than we do currently.

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verity 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Flack was obviously another tragedy waiting to happen. At this point, his punishment is rather a moot point---unless he is allowed out into society again.

The real question here is, what are we going to do to try to stop this sort of thing in the future? Obviously, we can't stop every incident, but the cracks that Flack fell through were in plain sight and very large.

We need to have an intelligent conversation on this, not knee-jerk reactionism. What I "feel" works doesn't mean a thing. We need to look at facts and put them together in some coherent manner.

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Deb Engstrom 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm sure these problems didn't just surface in the last 7-8 years. One of those kids with significant needs that falls through the cracks. A very sad story.

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question4u 11 months, 2 weeks ago

“Kansas is building a culture of life. All human life is sacred, beautiful, precious. No matter who, no matter where.”

--Sam Brownback

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jonas_opines 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Seems like his brain wasn't wired properly. Pretty clear complete sociopath here. This is a really sordid story in all of its details. Last few articles sounded like a laundry list of jailtimes and killing. Gonna guess there was drugs or money involved with one of the men who lived at the house, and she was just there because she was dating the guy. Sad.

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MacHeath 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Now there is a guy I would like to see water-boarded.

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mikekt 11 months, 2 weeks ago

What bargaining chip does this dirt bag have, unless he knows that the child is alive and where she is ?

Maybe this is a cat and mouse game with the charges on the child ( as they have no dead body as of yet )?

A person like this guy could sell a child to some other low life for gosh only knows what purposes and it's just some other sick thing that they do for a profit or reason of some sort ?

Anyone having or returning the child would obviously know where they got it which could tie this guy to the adult deaths .

Or did he simply walk away and leave the kid on it's own to wonder off........a kid who was no threat, as a witness ?

Agreed, after laying in wait and attempting to murder another in a premeditated previous deed, he should still be in jail, for attempted first degree murder and never have been allowed to plead to second degree murder or ever be paroled till very, very old .

I hope that they find this kid alive .

Sometimes I think that people who do the murdering deeds, who are convicted on solid physical evidence ( eyewitnesses are not dependable in some situations ) by a jury and their convictions are upheld by appeals courts, should not be put to death so quickly and painlessly, as a society that is against cruel and unusual punishments, would dictate .

Why ? Because a quick game over death, is what murderers expect, as a worst case, if they loose big time. They are rolling the dice !

They either get away with it, spend life in prison ( or some version of that ....in a world that they usually understand and can function in ) or they get a quick, low suffering, game over, "almost video death".

The "almost video death penalty" . Got to be a huge deterrent, to first degree murderers........obviously, NOT !!!! .

Some of those folks are just mentally blind.... and no deterrent would work ! But some might think twice if our society didn't hand them such acceptable risks for punishments !

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jhawkinsf 11 months, 2 weeks ago

A waste of perfectly good air.

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riverdrifter 11 months, 2 weeks ago

"At one point Friday afternoon, several police vehicles with small boats on trailers were seen heading north on Florida Road, just west of Georgia Road, but it was unclear where they were headed. There aren’t many significant bodies of water in the area, and it was unclear why the searchers might be using boats"

Shucks, that's not hard to figure out: from Google Earth there's a large watershed pond just to the west of the property.

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riverdrifter 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Flack has that bemused look on his face like something quizzical happened to HIM, such as getting rear-ended at a 4-way stop. Though he should be given the dirt nap juice if found guilty he'll probably be cell neighbors with Scott Roeder well into this century. That's a shame as both should be neighbors with Dick Hickock and Perry Smith long before then.

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Jared Paslay 11 months, 2 weeks ago

He should have the right to a fair trail and if he is convicted on all counts he should be hang that way it would save us taxpayers $$$$ instead of locking him up for life.

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Scut Farkus 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I could never understand the low sentencing for attempted murder. Just because someone failed to finish the job it makes the crime no less evil. We need to start releasing non-violent criminals and incarcerating these sociopaths for life. How could our justice system NOT see this coming.

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