In widely published cases, Kylr Yust was convicted of killing two of his ex-girlfriends in April 2021. A person who went missing about 10 years away in Cass County, Missouri.
The case began at the age of 17 Kara Kopetsky reported missing In May 2007. Former girlfriend of Justo, 21-year-old Jessica Lunions, Then, in September 2016, it was finally seen alive.
Justo of Kansas City was associated with Kopetsky and Lunions in the early days of his disappearance. For months, both women’s families searched extensively for their whereabouts. Their case remained a long-standing mystery in the metropolitan area until mushroom hunting found their bodies in the woodlands south of Berton in April 2017.
Six months later, Just was charged Two counts of first-class murder With their death. The jury was brought from St. Charles County to promote the case in the Kansas City area and was convicted of manslaughter for the death of Kopetsky and manslaughter for the death of Lunions.
In a trial that began on April 5, 2021, the prosecutor said Describe Justo as a violent and relentless murderer The young woman was killed because she wasn’t seen to be romantically involved with anyone else. Meanwhile, Justo’s defense team called him innocent and tried to question the police investigation. He said there was no physical evidence linking Just to the murder.
Kas County Prosecutor Ben Butler said Kopetsky was trying to end his relationship with Just. Just admitted to a friend, “I strangled (abusive) from her and threw it into the middle of the (abuse) forest.”
According to prosecutors, Justo was killed again nine years later when Lunions tried to end his relationship with him. Justo abandoned their bodies “in his place,” Butler told a jury in a court in Harrisonville.
Between 2010 and 2012, police said they had spoken to at least four people who alleged that Just had confessed to killing Kopetsky, according to the indictment.
At the trial The jury heard a 2011 recording between Justo and another ex-girlfriend. Just said he had killed Kopetsky.
“This really turns you on that I killed the girl, right?” Just asked her.
Prosecution witnesses included one of Just’s ex-girlfriends who testified to it. Just attacked her violently in 2011 and confessed That he had previously “killed his ex-girlfriend”.
Sharon Turlington, one of Justo’s defense lawyers, told the jury that the detective had conducted a “suspect-led investigation.” She said officers were unable to collect evidence, including Justo’s phone records, including location data, and lost other evidence.
“For some reason, Kill should have stopped murdering the two without leaving a trace,” Turlington said.
Defensive witnesses included a woman who witnessed it that day Kopetsky disappeared, She saw a sedan with four inside approaching Kopetsky before hearing the “bloody scream.”
He also denied confessing to several witnesses called to testify.
“I don’t know exactly what happened to Kara.” He testified and later added, “I did nothing to either.”
After the verdict, the prosecutor insisted that Just take a harsh judgment. Julie Toll, Deputy Prosecutor of Cass County, said Justo had shown “lack of remorse” for years and “is not responsible for anything.”
“Imagine a child going missing is the worst nightmare for all parents,” Thor said. “This man has had the opportunity to come forward and gain justice for these families for over 14 years.”
Just He was sentenced to life imprisonment and 15 years in a Missouri prison... Relatives of the murdered woman quietly applauded after Judge William Collins of the Circuit Court announced the decision.
Lunions and Kopetsky’s family explained the long and difficult path to justice, and sometimes women were never found, he told reporters after the ruling.
Jim Beckford, Kopetsky’s stepfather, said: “We won. We got them back.”
Just’s lawyer They have shown that they will appeal..
As of June 2021, Just stayed at the Western Reception Diagnostic and Orthodontic Center in St. Joseph. He is currently prisoner number 1223401 in the Missouri Corrections Bureau.
Star reporters Luke Nodika, Courtrin Stark, Glen E. Rice, Bill Lucic and Katie Moore contributed to this report.