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Man accused in quadruple homicide back in court

By The Herald Staff | 5/13/2013

Two days after the body of a baby believed to be the fourth victim in a multiple homicide was discovered in Osage County, a courtroom crowded with family members and law enforcement faced the man accused in the killings.

Kyle T. Flack made his first court appearance Monday afternoon in Franklin County District Court. The appearance was brief, with his attorney, Ronald Evans, receiving documents necessary to better understanding the case. A court-appointed attorney, Evans is a defense lawyer who has handled capital murder cases.

A status conference was set for 1:15 p.m. July 8 in district court. A preliminary hearing or “preliminary examination” in the case is expected to be scheduled at the status conference.

The Franklin County Attorney’s office filed criminal charges Friday against Flack, including two counts of capital murder, four counts of murder in the first degree, one count of rape and one count of criminal possession of a firearm. The two capital murder charges make Flack eligible for the death penalty.

Flack first appeared in court Friday, where his bond was set at $10 million.

Flack, 27, who previously was considered a “person of interest” in the multiple homicide case, was arrested Thursday and booked into Franklin County jail on suspicion of first degree murder. The arrest came after a grisly discovery earlier in the week of three bodies in rural Ottawa.

The bodies discovered May 6 and May 7 at 3197 Georgia Road, west of Ottawa, were those of Kaylie Bailey, 21, Andrew Stout, 30, and Steve White, 31. Bailey, along with her 18-month-old daughter, Lana Bailey, were reported missing May 3. Stout and White reportedly hadn’t been seen since April 25.

The baby, Lana Bailey, was presumed dead though a body believed to be hers wasn’t recovered until Saturday night. An Osage County Sheriff’s deputy discovered some items before dusk Saturday that were believed to be connected to a homicide investigation, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards told reporters at a 1 a.m. Sunday press conference in front of his office at 305 S. Main St., Ottawa. Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Osage County scene and confirmed the items were part of the quadruple homicide investigation.

“It is with great sadness that I report a body found in Osage County is believed to be the remains of 18-month-old Lana Bailey,” Richards told reporters. “We have to wait for the forensics examination, but we are pretty confident it is Lana, making her the fourth victim in our quadruple homicide investigation.”

The sheriff has not commented on the causes of death, nor the motives for the killings. Court documents, however, indicate a firearm was used in all four homicides.

Kaylie Bailey and her daughter were last seen at the Georgia Road residence, the sheriff’s office said previously, where Stout and White had lived with Flack. Bailey reportedly was in a relationship with Stout. Her body was found May 6 in a detached garage on the property. The two men were found May 6 and May 7 in the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

The White killing occurred sometime between April 20 and April 28, according to the Franklin County Attorney’s Office. The other three killings reportedly happened between April 28 and May 6.

After the bodies were found early last week, authorities began searching for Flack, as well as a black 2007 Toyota Corolla he was driving and that had last been seen with Bailey and her daughter at the farm. The vehicle was recovered 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Emporia. Flack later was taken into custody at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday in Emporia, where he had been held on an Osage County warrant for failure to register as a violent offender, Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones said, according to KVOE radio.

Flack was convicted in 2005 of intentional attempted murder in the second degree, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections. He was paroled in 2009 after serving less than four years for the May 2005 Ottawa shooting of Steven Dale Free, then-47. Free was found in the yard near a mobile home at Third and Cherry streets after being shot multiple times with a small caliber gun, according to Herald archives. Free survived the incident, but died in December 2011.

Shawn Bailey, Lana Bailey’s father, is held in the Laclede County Jail in Lebanon, Mo., on two unrelated bonds of $50,000 each in relation to receiving stolen property, burglary and probation violation, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. He arrived at the jail Jan. 17, 2013.

Individuals with information about the quadruple homicide are encouraged to call the Franklin County Crime Stoppers at (888) 311-TIPS or (888) 311-8477, submit a tip through Franklin County Crime Stopper’s Facebook account, text tip to 274637 (begin text with keyword “Franklin”) or online at Tipsters may remain anonymous. Franklin County Crime Stoppers pays as much as $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of any person or persons committing a crime in Franklin County.

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