Crime & Courts

Double-homicide suspect arrives at Harvey County Jail

Keith Lane Hawkins
Keith Lane Hawkins

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. – Harvey County Attorney David Yoder said at a Friday afternoon news conference that he has not ruled out the death penalty in the case.

The preliminary hearing for Keith Hawkins has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 23.

Yoder said Hawkins knew Runyon and was at her place voluntarily at the time of the killings.

Hawkins waived extradition after being arrested in Texas the same day the bodies were discovered.

Harvey County authorities had issued a warrant for Hawkins’ arrest in June, for failing to register as a sex offender. He has a child sex crime conviction in McPherson County, Yoder said. He was not arrested because he could not be located.

Original story: The 19-year-old man arrested in connection with a double homicide in Newton earlier this week has been booked into the Harvey County Jail.

Keith Lane Hawkins was taken into custody at a family member’s house in Taylor, Texas, late Tuesday afternoon, several hours after the bodies of Alyssa Runyon, 24, and her 4-year-old daughter, Zaylynn Paz, were found in their duplex on the north side of Newton.

Hawkins was driving Runyon’s vehicle at the time he was arrested, authorities have said.

Hawkins is being held on suspicion of capital murder and first-degree murder, jail records show. He is being held on $2.5 million bond.

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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