HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A man charged with killing two women nearly a decade apart wants the women’s skeletal remains to be made available to his attorneys so they can be retested.
KMBC-TV reports attorneys for Kylr Yust filed a motion Tuesday in Cass County asking the state to provide the remains of Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions, as well as hair recovered from a vehicle in January 2013.
Yust wants an expert to independently examine the evidence in a private laboratory. He said he has funds for the retesting.
Yust is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandoning a corpse in the deaths of Kopetsky, 17, and Runions, 21. Kopetsky disappeared in 2007 and Runions disappeared in 2016. The remains of both women were found near each other in a field in 2017.
Runions was seen leaving a gathering with Yust before she disappeared in September 2016 and Kopetsky had filed a protection order against Yust in April 2007, a month before she went missing after walking out of Belton High School.