Man pleads guilty to killing Newton woman, 4-year-old girl
December 8, 2017
NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — A transient who killed a Newton woman and her 4-year-old daughter pleaded guilty to capital murder but will not face the death penalty.
Twenty-year-old Keith Hawkins will serve life in prison without parole after entering the plea deal Friday. He admitted killing 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and her daughter, Zaylynn Paz, in August at their duplex in Newton.
Investigators have said Runyon apparently was strangled and her daughter was stabbed.
Hawkins was a homeless man who was visiting Runyon. He was arrested in Texas in August.
Harvey County Attorney David Yoder said the...