Man pleads guilty to one count of capital murder in Newton deaths

HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE: Dec 8 1:30 p.m.

In a hearing on Friday afternoon, Keith Hawkins pleaded guilty to one count of capital murder.

Harvey County Attorney David Yoder says Hawkins submitted and signed a plea agreement in exchange for the state dropping the murder counts.

The state will not seek the death penalty.

Hawkins will his waive rights to a preliminary hearing and agree to pay restitution.

The case moves to sentencing which will take place on February 9th.

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Harvey County Attorney David Yoder will hold a press conference on Friday to update and provide information on a man charged with first-degree murder and capital murder.

Keith Hawkins is awaiting trial for the deaths of 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and her four-year-old daughter, Zaylynn Paz.

Eyewitness News obtained the probable cause affidavit in the case against Hawkins on Oct. 12. The document provided details about what lead to Hawkins arrest.

The affidavit says on the morning of August 8th, someone went to the home on Roanoke Court in Newton. That person called 9-1-1 to report two murders.

Newton police arrived to a front door open and a child stabbed to death in a bedroom. Officers said they moved to another bedroom and found Runyon dead likely from strangulation.

Yoder will hold the press conference at 1:30 p.m. in the community room, located in the basement of the
Harvey County Courthouse at 800 N. Main St. in Newton.

Eyewitness News will be at there to bring you the latest information regarding the case.

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