Kylr Yust Trial Live Blog: Jury recommends life for murder charge, 15 years for voluntary manslaughter


HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — UPDATE: The jury in the Kylr Yust trial has recommended life and 15 years sentences for the deaths of Jessica Runions and Kara Kopetsky in Missouri.

Earlier: The jury in the Kylr Yust murder trial is set to reconvene this morning, April 16, to sentence the man they found guilty for the deaths of Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions.

The jury will gather again at 8:30 a.m. Friday to determine Kylr Yust’s punishment.

Yust was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Kara Kopetsky and with and second-degree murder in the death of Jessica Runions.

Voluntary manslaughter is also sometimes described as “heat of passion.” The charge claims that Yust killed Kopetsky when acting recklessly due to a fit of intense emotion, considered a slightly lesser crime. Second-degree murder is murder without premeditation, claiming that Yust decided to kill Runions, but he did so without planning on it.

FOX4’s Sherae Honeycutt is at the Cass County courtroom. Follow her liveblog with constant updates below, starting around 8:30 a.m.

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