Crime

Kylr Yust, accused of killing two women, has trial date in Cass County murder case

The murder trial for Kylr Yust, who is accused of killing two women whose remains were found last year, has been set for the fall of 2019, according to court records.

Yust is charged in Cass County with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandonment of a corpse in the deaths of Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions. Kopetsky had been missing since 2007 and Runions disappeared in 2016.

In April 2017, a mushroom hunter found human bones in a wooded area south of Belton. Authorities then scoured the area near a quarry and found more remains, including a second skull.

Prosecutors say that at least four people over the years told investigators that Yust confessed to them that he choked Kopetsky — who was last seen leaving Belton High School in May 2007 — until she stopped breathing. Yust allegedly told one friend he discarded his estranged girlfriend’s body in a wooded area.

Yust said to another friend that authorities would never find the body.

On Sept. 8, 2016, Runions was last seen leaving a gathering with Yust, who was a close friend of Runions’ boyfriend.

According to court records, witnesses at the gathering said Yust was “drinking heavily at the party and (he) was acting very possessive towards (Runions) and aggressive towards others at the party.”

Witnesses also told police that Yust and Runions were arguing at the party, according to court records.

Yust’s trial is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2019, in Cass County Circuit Court.

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