Jessica Runions’ mom charged with sending threatening messages about daughter’s case

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OLATHE, Kan. — The mother of a victim in a high-profile murder case is facing harassment charges in Johnson County.

Jamie Runions is charged with one misdemeanor count of harassment by phone or fax.

Jamie Runions was a witness in the murder trial of Kylr Yust, who was convicted of killing her daughter, Jessica Runions, along with Kara Kopetsky in April.

According to the affidavit, Jamie Runions sent a female victim 372 messages from 27 different phone numbers between March 18, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021. The female victim had previously dated Jamie Runions’ ex-boyfriend.

Court documents state that many of the messages had a threatening tone, including a message that said, “If you f***ing mess up my daughter’s case, I will hunt you down.”

Officers conducted a records check and found out the numbers came from a TextNow application. After getting court orders, the officers linked the IP address to Jamie Runions’ residence.

When officers interviewed Jamie Runions, she initially denied sending the messages but later admitted that she had sent them, according to the affidavit.

Jamie Runions is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment July 29.

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