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County attorney hasn't ruled out seeking death penalty in triple homicide

By BOBBY BURCH, Herald Staff Writer | 5/9/2013

Franklin County’s top law official isn’t prepared to rule out seeking the death penalty against Kyle Flack, the 27-year-old man being held in Franklin County jail on suspicion of first degree murder in connection to an Ottawa triple homicide case.

With the clock ticking, Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting said his office has two days to file formal charges against Flack, who was arrested Thursday morning in relation to the triple homicide investigation at 3197 Georgia Road, Ottawa.

“We are still gathering all kinds of information,” Hunting said at a Thursday morning press conference outside the Franklin County sheriff’s office, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa. “We’re not prepared to say one way or the other yet [whether Franklin County will seek the death penalty] because we have a tremendous amount of information still coming in. That is not a determination that we want to make until [we have] all the facts and information that we believe are a part of the investigation.”

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office released the identities Wednesday of three bodies found Monday and Tuesday at the Georgia road location. The victims included Kaylie Bailey, 21, Andrew Stout, 30, and Steven White, 31. Officials still are looking for 18-month-old Lana Bailey, who reportedly was last seen May 1 with her mother, Kaylie Bailey. Lana Bailey, however, is presumed dead, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said Thursday.

Flack apparently was in custody in Osage County earlier this week on unrelated charges, during which time authorities questioned him as part of the triple homicide investigation. Authorities apprehended Flack 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in Emporia, and later found Kaylie Bailey’s 2007 Toyota Corolla also in the city.

“Until this morning, when he was arrested, he was not in custody on Franklin County charges or anything of that nature,” Hunting said. “[Flack] was being held on charges out of a different jurisdiction for a different matter entirely. I believe it was Osage County.”

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