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Posted at 8:07 AM, Apr 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 18:05:56-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 5:05 p.m. | Court is in recess for the evening. It resumes at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

4:56 p.m. | Farris and Yust can be heard making their way to the spot they plan to contact Kopetsky.

Farris remarks on the difficulty of the trek and how it must have been hard to carry Kopetsky's body downhill in the area.

She asks Yust, "Why here?" It's difficult to hear what he said in response.

4:40 p.m. | The recording has switched back to audio only.

Yust sounds agitated and said "no one knows this" and that Farris is "the only person."

4:36 p.m. | Yust and Farris appear to arrive at the location they plan to use the Ouija board. He said he swore it was the one place he'd never go back to.

When Farris again says she's excited to hear what Kopetsky has to say and asks Yust if he is, he says no, "Do you understand this is the biggest f*** up of my entire life?"

4:18 p.m. | The audio recording is over and another video recording has begun. It appears they completed the Ouija board and are either on the way to Yust's home or the location the plan to try to contact Kopetsky using the board.

4:10 p.m. | Farris and Yust are heard making a Ouija board and Farris gives Yust some rules about using the board.

She asked Yust some questions about Kara, things she liked, if they had any inside jokes. The pair picked up cigarettes and chocolate at a Walgreens to use.

3:32 p.m. | A new recording begins — this one without video.

3:30 p.m. | The conversation is bouncing between topics. Farris talks about Ouija boards while Yust repeatedly brings up wanting to get back together with her.

3:23 p.m. | Court is back in session. They resume playing hidden camera footage of Farris and Yust's conversation in the car.

2:48 p.m. | Court is in a sort recess.

2:45 p.m. | Farris and Yust are heard on a fourth recording talking about what to put on the Ouija board to try to contact Kopetsky.

Farris said Kopetsky "seemed like a cool girl," and Yust further described her:

"She flew by the seat of her pants, always down to have a good time, always spoke her mind... She was just awesome."

Yust tells Farris he thinks she and Kopetsky would have liked each other.

2:20 p.m. | The first part of the recorded conversation between Farris and Yust has concluded. The jurors are now viewing a video recording of Yust and Farris in what appears to be Farris' vehicle.

1:55 p.m. | On the audio recording Yust appears upset Farris is no longer with him.

1:44 p.m. | The audio recording has Yust making suicidal statements.

1:40 p.m. | Yust calls himself a "killer" on the recording.

1:39 p.m. | Audio from the wire reveals Yust's comments about other women.

1:32 p.m. | Audio from the wire instance is played in the courtroom.

1:30 p.m. | Farris talks about the wire and how the pair made an Ouija board to contact Kara.

1:25 p.m. | Farris explains the meaning of Yust's tattoo.

1:23 p.m. | Farris is asked about an instance where she wore a wire, which the defense initially filed a motion to suppress.

1:20 p.m. | Farris said she was not afraid of Yust.

1:18 p.m. | Farris discussed her relationship with Yust and comments he made about Kara.

1:14 p.m. | After the lunch break, Katelyn Farris is called as a witness.

11:45 a.m. | Court is in recess until 1 p.m.

11:40 a.m. | St. Clair said Yust made statements to her about dragging Kopetsky's body into the woods.

St. Clair said she didn't know until today that her and Runions' bodies were found in the woods.

She said she had met Runions briefly once.

11:38 a.m. | During cross examination, the defense questions St. Clair's timeline of events.

They ask why St. Clair didn't go to the police immediately following the attack, or why she didn't tell anyone at a crisis pregnancy center about the attack. St. Clair said she was scared.

St. Clair was pregnant with Yust's child at the time. She said when she was eventually interviewed by police, she miscarried the child.

The defense also questions St. Clair's involvement in a "Find Kara" Facebook group.

11:33 a.m. | St. Clair describes long drives she and Yust used to take to smoke weed. She said she recalled driving by the area Kopetsky and Runion's remains were eventually found.

At one point, she said Yust told her he collected "Find Kara" signs and put them in her parents' yard.

11:23 a.m. | The state questions St. Clair about a violent attack from Yust in July 2011. Yust found her packing bags to leave from their shared apartment and began choking her.

St. Clair said Yust positioned his hands in a way to crush her throat, and when she lost consciousness he would punch her legs to wake her up and choke her again.

She said Yust told her he'd killed past girlfriends out of sheer jealousy and would kill her too before she had a chance to scream.

11:11 a.m. | The state next calls Candice St. Clair (formerly Matthews) to the witness stand. She dated Yust off-and-on for about a year.

11:08 a.m. | The prosecution briefly speaks with Yeates again, saying he's "always been truthful" that he didn't know exactly what Yust said, but did know he confessed to killing Kopetsky.

11:00 a.m. | The defense's line of questioning turns to the genre of music The Seraphim played: death metal.

Defense attorney Sharon Turlington asks Yeates about death metal culture and if things such as violence, sexual violence and other dark themes were prevalent and "cool" in that community.

10:51 a.m. | During questioning, Yeates recalled a time Yust allegedly confessed to him that he'd killed Kopetsky.

He lived with Yust at the time of Kopetsky's disappearance and said Yust tried to prepare him for interviews with police.

In cross examination, the defense questions Yeates about his memory, because at one point he said the confession may have been a dream, but ultimately he said he believes it happened.

The defense also points out Yeates failed to go to the police because he initially believed it was a dream. The police contacted him months later after receiving a tip and that's when he told them about the confession.

Yeates at one point wore a wire to try to recapture the confession.

10:36 a.m. | The state calls Nick Yeates to the stand. He identifies himself as a "former friend of Kylr's," and played in a band called "The Seraphim" with Yust.

10:33 a.m. | The defense wraps up cross examination of Jones with questions about Kopetsky's phone record and GPS trackers placed on Yust's car.

10:20 a.m. | Court is back in session. Defense questioning of Jones resumes.

9:53 a.m. | Judge Collins called a 15 minute recess.

9:50 a.m. | The defense questioned Jones about the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department doing "their own" investigations into Kopetsky's case.

Jones said Belton police told a rogue officer to stop his investigation and hand over everything he had, but learned a year later he was still contacting witnesses.

9:42 a.m. | The defense asks Jones about a lead he was assigned to check out.

9:39 a.m. | The defense questioned the Belton police's investigation of Yust's alibi.

9:20 a.m. | The defense questioned the accuracy of the phone data in cross-examination.

9:16 a.m. | Jones gives testimony about interviewing friends of Yust during the investigation.

9:10 a.m. | The prosecution has started trying to poke holes in Yust's alibi on the day of Kara's disappearance.

9 a.m. | Jones also shared testimony related to Yust's phone records and communication with Kara.

8:56 a.m. | Jones relays information about Kara's phone records that matches up with information in the initial probable cause statement.

8:46 a.m. | Jones testified about Kara's online activity and an interview with Yust after her disappearance.

8:41 a.m. | The first witness called for the day is retired Belton police detective Billy Jones.

8 a.m. | The murder trial for Kylr Yust will enter its third day on Wednesday, which will be the second day of hearing witness testimony.

Yust is accused of killing Kara Kopetsky in 2007 and Jessica Runions in 2016.

On Tuesday, the jury heard from 15 witnesses called by the prosecution, including Kara's mother, Rhonda Beckford.

The prosecution appeared to be taking a chronological approach to calling witnesses, starting with Kara's mother and working through various friends and members of the Belton Police Department who worked on her restraining order against Yust and her missing persons case.

Witnesses talked about the tension in the relationship between Yust and Kopetsky and about the early days of the investigation.

The defense spent cross-examination time questioning the early investigation and attempting to point out possible errors.

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