Trial to begin for Missouri man charged with killing 2 women

Associated Press
KSHB-TV

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Prosecutors will begin to make their case Monday that a man killed two Kansas City-area women nearly a decade apart.

Selection of a jury for the trial of Kylr Yust was completed Wednesday in St. Charles County. The 13 women and three men chosen to serve as jurors or alternates were to be taken Monday to Harrisonville to hear the case, KSHB-TV reported.

A Cass County judge previously denied Yust's motion for a change of venue but ordered that the jury be selected in St. Charles because of extensive publicity about the case.

Yust was charged  with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandoning a corpse in the deaths of 21-year-old Jessica Runions, of Raymore, and 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky, of Belton.

Runions disappeared in September 2016 after leaving a party with Yust. Kopetsky disappeared in May 2007, days after taking out an order of protection against Yust.

A mushroom hunter found human remains in April 2017 in a wooded area south of Belton in rural Cass County. Runions' remains were identified quickly, but Kopetsky's remains weren't positively identified for several months.