- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas prosecutor on Monday told jurors about the grisly scene investigators found in and around a farmhouse where the bodies of three people were found nearly three years ago.

On the first day of testimony in the capital murder trial of Kyle Flack, 30, Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting said Flack was responsible for the spring 2013 deaths of Kaylie Bailey, 21; her 18-month-old daughter Lana; Andrew Stout, 30; and Steven White, 31.

Flack is charged with capital murder in the deaths of Bailey and her daughter, and two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of the other two. All four were killed with a shotgun.

“The defendant and the defendant alone committed each and every one of these murders,” Hunting told jurors in opening statements at the Franklin County Courthouse.

Flack’s attorney, Maban Wright, told jurors the state’s case is based solely on circumstantial evidence and there is reasonable doubt, The Kansas City Star (bit.ly/1RwRlgf) reported.

The shotgun used in the killings was later found at a trash collection facility in Emporia, where police arrested Flack days after the killings.

Hunting said White was killed first, about April 20, and afterward someone piled a tarp and junk on top of his body in an outbuilding near the farmhouse.

Stout was killed April 29, and a pile of clothed in his bedroom covered his body, Hunting said, while Bailey and her daughter were killed May 1. Bailey’s body was found in the same bedroom as Stout, her boyfriend.

Searchers later found Lana’s body in a suitcase floating in a rural Osage County creek.

Flack drove Bailey’s car to Emporia and stay with friends, Hunting said. Surveillance video showed him dropping off the car several days later on the opposite side of town from where he was staying. Items belonging to Bailey and her daughter were found in a trash container near the car.

When Flack was arrested May 8, police found black zip ties in his backpack like the ones used to bind Bailey’s hands before she was killed.

Prosecutors have requested the death penalty, if he is convicted of capital murder, and life sentences on each of the first-degree murder charges.

Testimony is scheduled to resume Tuesday.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com



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