Kyle Flack, 27, did not enter a plea, the Kansas City Star reported. He was charged with four counts of murder, two of capital murder, and one of rape.
The bodies of Andrew Stout, 30, and Steven White, 31, who lived on the farm near Ottawa, and Kaylie Baylie, 21, who was visiting, were found earlier this week. Lana-Leigh Baylie, Kaylie's 18-month-old daughter, is missing and believed dead.
Franklin County District Judge Eric W. Godderz appointed Ronald Evans, a Topeka lawyer who specializes in death penalty cases, to represent Flack. Another court hearing was scheduled for Monday, and Godderz told Flack he would try to arrange for him to meet his lawyer before his appearance.
The search for Lana-Leigh's body continued Friday. Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting said Flack has not told investigators anything, and the body could have been dumped anywhere between the farm and Emporia, Kansas, where Kaylie's car was discovered.
Flack used to live on the farm but had been ordered to leave by Stout. He served a prison term for attempted murder.