NewsKansas City Public SafetyYust Trial


Journey for Justice podcast: Kylr Yust trial update No. 9

Posted at 8:45 PM, Apr 14, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the ninth day of his double murder trial, Kylr Yust himself took the witness stand.

It was an unexpected move from a suspect that 41 Action News hasn’t heard publicly from since he was being escorted from a courthouse in handcuffs years ago.

Yust, who pleaded not guilty and has maintained his innocence, told the jury his version of events in the alleged murders of Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions.

After Yust’s testimony, the state and prosecution presented their closing arguments.

41 Action News reporters Andy Alcock and Sarah Plake break down Yust’s testimony and the attorneys’ final words to the jury before deliberation.

41 Action News is committed to bringing you complete coverage of the trial of Kylr Yust, the man accused in the murders of Kara Kopetsky and Jessica Runions. Visit for all our stories, case details, timeline and more.