Yust charged with 2 counts of murder in connection to Kopetsky, - KCTV5

Yust charged with 2 counts of murder in connection to Kopetsky, Runions deaths

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CASS COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

Accused killer Kylr Yust has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandoning a corpse for the deaths of two young women. 

The families of Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions, the two women Yust is accused of killing, have waited for this day for a long time. 

“We are so thankful for the community and the support," said Rhonda Beckford, Kopetsky's mother. "How everybody has been there for us.”

The disappearances of both Kopetsky and Runions are nearly ten years apart, but both had connections to Yust. 

Kopetsky was last seen on May 4, 2007 leaving Belton High School. 

Cell phone records indicate Yust called Kopetsky just one minute after she left the school. 

Her family has long suspected him and attended his court appearances for other criminal cases. 

“I can't put it any other way but I hate him," Beckford said after Yust appeared in court last September. "I hate him for taking not only my child, but now possibly taking another.” 

Yust had been seen with Kopetsky several times in the months leading up to her disappearance.  He was also the last person to be seen with Runions, as the two of them left a party together.

Court records say Runions was seen with Yust before her disappearance on Sept. 8, 2016. 

According to witnesses where they were last seen, Yust was drunk and acting very possessive towards Runions. 

He was initially charged with knowingly burning Runion’s vehicle.

The witness cited in the court documents also told investigators where they could find Yust hiding. He was discovered in a mobile home Edwards, MO, where he was arrested. 

Both women’s remains were found in a Cass County field. 

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