- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) - A judge sentenced a man to death on Wednesday for the killing of two men, a woman and her 18-month-old daughter on an eastern Kansas farm three years ago.

Victims’ relatives applauded when Franklin County District Judge Eric Godderz said he would follow the recommended sentence from the jury that convicted Kyle Flack earlier this year. Flack is now among 10 inmates on death row in Kansas, which hasn’t executed an inmate since the state reinstated capital punishment in 1994.

Flack was convicted of capital murder in the deaths of Kaylie Bailey, 21, and her daughter, Lana. He also was convicted in the deaths of Bailey’s boyfriend, 31-year-old Andrew Stout, and his roommate, 31-year-old Steven White, who lived in a rural farmhouse where Flack sometimes stayed in Ottawa, about 50 miles southwest of Kansas City.

Prosecutors said it’s unclear what led to the shootings, which detectives believe happened on separate days in the spring of 2013.

Investigators said Flack told detectives that two drug dealers may have been involved, but detectives determined those people didn’t exist. Authorities also said that before detectives ended an interview with Flack when he asked for an attorney, Flack indicated that Stout killed White during a dispute over rent.

Prosecutors presented two weeks of testimony during the trial in March. The defense called no witnesses.

Investigators believe White was killed around April 20, 2013, and Stout about nine days later. White’s body was found under a tarp in an outbuilding near the farmhouse, while Stout’s body was found in his bedroom under a pile of clothes.

Bailey’s partially-clothed body was found in a bedroom, with her hands bound behind her back. Authorities believe she and her daughter were killed on May 1.

The adults’ bodies were found about a week later. Search crews found the child’s body in a suitcase floating in the Tequa Creek the next week.

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