HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Tuesday was the second day of the Kylr Yust trial, and prosecutors called their first witnesses.
Yust is accused of killing 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky, who disappeared in 2007, and 21-year-old Jessica Runions, who was reported missing nearly a decade later in 2016. Their bodies were discovered in April 2017.
First on the stand Tuesday in the Cass County murder trial was Rhonda Beckford, Kopetsky’s mother. Prosecutors asked about alleged abuse and the restraining order Kopetsky filed before she died.
“Unfortunately at the time we thought they weren’t seeing each other, but we later learned he was not leaving Kara alone,” Beckford said.
Attorneys presented opening statements to the jury on Monday, and before trial the defense argued certain evidence should be admissible, but nothing was decided.
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