Kylr Yust booked into Cass County jail on murder charges for Runions, Kopetsky

Posted at 6:13 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2020-01-03 18:53:11-05

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — A caravan of sheriff cruisers brought Kylr Yust to the Cass County jail Friday afternoon.

Alfred Yust had no sympathy for his grandson who is now charged with murder in the deaths of Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions.

“You do a bad thing, you’re going to get bad things done to you,” Alfred Yust told 41 Action News. 

We first met Alfred Yust last September when police searched his Raytown home looking for evidence in the disappearance 21-year-old Runions from Raymore.

According to police documents, among the items investigators found were Q-tips and an alcohol pad with blood on it.

For more than a year Kylr Yust sat in the Jackson County jail charged with burning Runions's car.

Alfred Yust tells 41 Action News he has talked with his grandson over the phone but has refused to visit him in jail.

“I guess he’s doing ok as far as I know I haven’t seen him for quite some time,” Alfred Yust said.

In the wake of the murder charges filed Thursday, Jackson County dismissed its arson case against Yust on Friday.

At this point, Cass County Prosecutor Ben Butler has not said whether or not he’ll pursue the death penalty should Kylr Yust be found guilty in the deaths of the young women.

Yust makes his first appearance in front of a Cass County judge on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. His cash-only bond is set at $1 million.