Newton homicide suspect booked in Harvey Co. on capital murder charges

Keith Hawkins (Photo Courtesy Harvey County Jail)

NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – Keith Hawkins has been booked into the Harvey County Jail.

According to jail records, Hawkins has been charged with capital murder and murder in the first degree. His bond has been set at $2.5 million.

According to Harvey County Attorney David Yoder, two counts of murder in the first degree were charged against Hawkins. One count is for the intentional premeditated murder of Alyssa Runyon. Another count is for the killing of Zaylynn Paz.

The death penalty is not being sought at this time, however Yoder said it is still on the table and is being considered.

“I have not yet had an opportunity to meet with the victims’ family and I want to have an opportunity to sit down with them, discuss the case privately with them and discuss the possible procedurees in the case fegore any such decision has been made,” explained Yoder.

Yoder said a primary motive is known, however he was not at liberty to discuss due to the ongoing investigation.

Authorities are not looking for any other suspects in this case.

Hawkins’ first appearance is being held by closed circuit television and the proceedings are not open to the public.

The preliminary hearing will be held August 23 in Newton at 1:00 p.m.

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A man suspected in the slayings of his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter is being returned to Kansas after waiving extradition in Texas, where he was arrested.

Harvey County Undersheriff Shawn Chapman says a team of investigators from that department were bringing Keith Hawkins back to Kansas on Friday.

Late Tuesday morning, authorities found 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and daughter Zaylynn Paz. Police said the girl had been fatally stabbed and that her mother strangled.

Hawkins was arrested shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Taylor, Texas, where he allegedly was found driving Runyon’s vehicle. According to Harvey County Attorney David Yoder, Hawkins did resist arrest before being arrested.

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