​Quadruple Homicide Set for Trial in Ottawa Kansas​​

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March 13, 2021

A quadruple homicide case in Ottawa, Kansas is now set for trial. A judge has ordered a 28-year-old Kansas man to stand trial in the deaths of three adults and an 18-month-old child.

Franklin County Judge Thomas Sachse (sok-see) ordered Kyle Flack to stand trial on charges of capital murder, first-degree murder and a weapons violation in the deaths. Flack’s attorney, Ron Evans, declined to comment.

Quadruple Homicide Discovered Last Year

The bodies of Andrew Stout, Steven White and Kaylie Bailey were discovered last spring at Stout’s Ottawa farm. The body of Bailey’s daughter, Lana-Leigh, was found several days later in a suitcase in a creek. Testimony showed all four died of gunshot wounds.

The judge ruled Wednesday at a preliminary hearing that there was probable cause to try Flack on the murder and weapons charges, but not a charge of attempted rape prosecutors had been seeking.

Neither Vic Braden, deputy attorney general in the Kansas attorney general’s office and part of the team of prosecutors working on the case, nor Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting would comment on whether they would seek the death penalty.

Flack’s attorney, Ron Evans, chief of the Kansas Death Penalty unit, declined to comment. Flack, who sat in the courtroom in shackles and an orange prison jumpsuit throughout the hearing, did not show emotion when the judge ordered the trial.

Ottawa, Kansas Preliminary Hearing

The preliminary hearing focused largely on testimony from expert witnesses about where and when the bodies were found, the causes of death, DNA evidence and the discovery of the alleged murder weapon, a shotgun found partially dismantled at an Emporia trash site.

There was no discussion of motive, apart from a detective testifying Tuesday that Flack told him during a long interrogation before he was formally charged that Stout took the initial shot at White in the garage after an argument over rent. Flack said Stout then handed the gun to Flack, who also shot White, the detective said.

Dr. Erik Mitchell, a forensic pathologist who performed autopsies on the four victims, testified Wednesday that White was shot in the chest and the head, that Stout was shot several times, including in the head, that Kaylie Bailey was shot in the head and her daughter was shot in the chest.