Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Convictions and Death Sentence for 2013 Murders

TOPEKA, Kansas – The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and death sentence of Kyle Flack for the 2013 murders of K.B. and L.B., as well as Steven White and Andrew Stout. Flack was found guilty in 2016 of capital murder, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and criminal possession of a firearm. His appeal was filed with the Kansas Supreme Court on June 16, 2022, and oral arguments took place on January 31, 2022.

Kansas Attorney General Kris W. Kobach praised the court’s decision, stating that it brings the victims’ families one step closer to seeing justice served. However, Kobach expressed concern over the nearly 24-month delay in the court’s decision, highlighting the proverb that “justice delayed is justice denied.”

Deputy Attorney General Vic Braden, along with former Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting, were the prosecutors in the case. Braden emphasized that 12 jurors from Franklin County determined that the death penalty was appropriate after considering all the evidence, aggravating and mitigating factors. Unless the defendant successfully requests the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, the decision from the Kansas Supreme Court marks the end of the direct appeal process.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation, with assistance from various law enforcement agencies including the Ottawa Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Emporia Police Department, Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, FBI, and members of the Capital Area Major Case Squad. Braden and former Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting, who prosecuted the case, expressed gratitude for the collaborative effort between multiple agencies in bringing the case to its conclusion.