Plenty of people right now would like to skip the trial and get right to the part where accused murderer Kyle Flack gets the death penalty.
By YAEL T. ABOUHALKAH
The Kansas City Star
Flack is scheduled to appear in court today after being charged with homicide in a case involving four dead people, including 18-month-old Lana Leigh Bailey.
During one brief appearance in public as captured by the media, a sullen Flack surrounded by law enforcement officials flipped a bird to the TV cameras.
Remorse? Havent seen any of that yet.
Yet while its understandable to feel that Flack deserves the death penalty, thats not likely to happen as smoothly as many people would hope. If at all.
First comes the convicting part, and thats likely to take months with investigations and trials.
And in the potential penalty phase of the trial, thats always something the legal system in Kansas handles delicately and carefully. This isnt Texas, after all, where life is cheap.
Finally, what exactly is a death penalty sentence? Normally, its a sentence to sit in limbo for years, perhaps more than a decade, while appeals are filed and other legal machinations occur.
A different outcome is possible.
Let Flack again, if convicted rot in prison the rest of his life.
Hes 27 now, so that could be a good 40 to 50 years of his life spent behind bars.
Flack is already a convicted felon and wouldnt be a legitimate candidate for parole. So all the outraged people could be confident he wouldnt be getting out again as he did after his first crime.