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Kylr Yust trial delayed, new date not yet determined

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Posted at 7:29 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 08:29:22-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The murder trial of Kylr Yust scheduled for July 27 has been delayed, according to court records.

The three-week jury trial was delayed after attorneys for accused double murderer Kylr Yust filed a motion last week asking for a delay in his trial, arguing the COVID-19 pandemic has "seriously hampered" their ability to provide counsel and interview potential witnesses.

Lawyers also argued they did not receive different pieces of evidence in the case until earlier this year.

At the hearing on June 2, the court also decided to appoint a Special Master to handle all discovery issues.

The court has not set a new date for the trial yet, and another hearing is scheduled for July 7.

Yust faces two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of abandoning a corpse in connection with the deaths of Kara Kopetsky, 17, and Jessica Runions, 21. Kopetsky went missing in 2007, and Runions disappeared nearly 10 years later in 2016. Their remains were found near each other in rural Cass County in 2017.