Yust Trial Live Blog: Judge sentences Kylr Yust to 15 years for death of Kopetsky and life for Runions

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CASS COUNTY, Mo. — Cass County Presiding Judge William Collins is set to formally sentence Kylr Yust today, June 7, for the deaths of two women.

In March, Yust was convicted of killing 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky in 2007 and 21-year-old Jessica Runions in 2016. The girls’ bodies were found together in a rural field in Cass County in 2017.

A jury convicted Yust of voluntary manslaughter in Kopetsky’s death and second-degree murder for Runions at the end of a two-week trial. Now, Collins will have to decide if Yust will serve his sentences at the same time or one after the other. It’s a difference of either 30 years or 45.

On May 11, Yust’s legal team filed a nearly 60-page request to Collins, asking for a new trial. It claimed Yust was not able to properly defend himself in the trial. Much of it had to do with the exclusion of evidence and witnesses that could have swayed jurors toward considering Yust’s half-brother, Jessep Carter, as an alternate suspect.

Sentencing is set to take place at 2:30 p.m. We will hear from Collins and possibly Yust if he chooses to speak.

See live updates from FOX4’s Sherae Honeycutt below.

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