Derek Schmidt, Kansas attorney general, announced Friday his office would lead the prosecution team in the case, which involved the killing of four Ottawa-area residents, including an 18-month-old child. Hunting requested the help to gain the “additional resources and experience necessary” for pursuing a capital murder case, he confirmed late Friday by email.
Hunting, along with James Ward, Franklin County assistant prosecutor, will remain on the prosecution trial team with Braden, he said. Hunting added that the Franklin County Attorney’s office still “bears the brunt of the litigation costs.”
Earlier in Hunting’s career, he served as an assistant attorney general for the Kansas Attorney General’s Office as the domestic violence prosecutor, according to Herald archives.
The Franklin County Attorney’s office filed criminal charges May 10 against Flack, 27, Ottawa, 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.
The attorney general’s office previously has been involved in capital murder cases, John Steelman, Franklin County District Court administrator, said, citing the 2009 quadruple homicide in Osage County, State v. Kahler. In the prosecution of that case, Steelman said, the attorney general’s office provided Osage County’s legal team with Amy Hanley, who served as a co-prosecutor.
The bodies of Kaylie Bailey, 21, Andrew Stout, 30, and Steve White, 31, were discovered May 6 and May 7 at 3197 Georgia Road, west of Ottawa. A fourth body, which is believed to be Lana Bailey, 18 months, the daughter of Kaylie Bailey, was found May 11 in Osage County.
Judge Thomas Sachse set a status conference for Flack for 1:15 p.m. July 8 in Franklin County District Court. A preliminary hearing or “preliminary examination” in the case is expected to be scheduled at the status conference.