OTTAWA, Kan. - A Franklin County judge decided Monday that preliminary hearings for accused quadruple murderer Kyle Flack would begin in mid- February of 2014, setting a start date for what is sure to be an emotional and explosive trial next spring.
Flack, 27, is charged with the murder of Kaylie Bailey and her 18-month-old daughter, her boyfriend Andrew Stout and his roommate Steven White, at a farmhouse outside Ottawa in May.
Flack was quickly captured, but a brief statewide hunt for 18-month-old Lana Bailey, which concluded with the discovery of her body in a creek in Osage County, became a major news event in the dusty rural county.
State prosecutors from the Kansas Attorney General's office have yet to publicly say if they will seek the death penalty for Flack, and have several months to make such a decision.
Meanwhile, Flack has retained a public defender with a specialty in death penalty cases, and some of the victims' friends and family are openly calling for Flack to pay the ultimate price if convicted.
"Kyle Flack disgusts me," Elizabeth Schmidt, a friend of Stout's, said, "I think the penalty is what he needs, or sit there for the rest of his life and think about it every each day. "