Judge denies arrest warrant request for Kara Kopetsky's ex-boyfriend in theft case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Despite a motion from prosecutors, a judge did not issue an arrest warrant against Kara Kopetsky's ex-boyfriend, Kylr Yust, for missing a felony court hearing Wednesday.

Judge Kenneth R. Garrett, III ruled the absence of the 23-year-old Yust was due to a scheduling mix-up that stemmed from a prior hearing on the charge Yust stole tattoo equipment.

Yust's attorney, Harold Holliday III, said Yust had moved out of town and he wasn't able to reach him to discuss the scheduling.

"I'm not sure why he's not here," Holliday told the judge. "I know he's living in the Ozarks. I'm confident I can get him here if you give me a few days."

Yust allegedly stole the equipment from Lucky Lady Tattoo on Wornall in 2010 while he was an apprentice there.

Prosecutors had dropped the case in a diversion agreement until Yust pleaded guilty to the July attack of his then 18-year-old girlfriend.

The prosecuting attorney argued that his notes showed Yust was due in court on Wednesday, but the judge said because of discrepancies in his notes, he had to rule in Yust's favor.

"My notes indicate I gave him that date," Judge Garrett said. "If that's the date I gave him, in all fairness I have to give him that date."

The judge denied the prosecutor's request to arrest Yust, and ordered the hearing rescheduled for November.

The victim of Yust's July attack told police he claimed he had killed ex-girlfriends.

Yust is currently on probation for that attack, and awaiting a hearing on charges that he killed three of the woman's kittens.

Kopetsky, a 17-year-old Belton High School student, disappeared less than a week after filing a protection order against Yust in 2007.

Yust acknowledged he was a suspect in the Kopetsky case, but police said he had an alibi and passed a lie detector test.


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