Newton double homicide suspect back in Kansas

Keith Hawkins was arrested in Texas

NEWTON, Kan. - Harvey County attorney David Yoder says capital murder charges have been filed against the man accused in the deaths of a mother and daughter in Newton. 

19-year-old Keith Hawkins was returned to Kansas Friday after his arrest in Texas.  He was captured in Williamson County, Texas after a high speed chase with officers.  

Yoder said Hawkins has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and her daughter, 4-year-old Zaylynn Paz.   Yoder said Hawkins was at the home Monday night and he was allowed into the home.  It's believed the killings happened late Monday or early Tuesday.  He said a motive has been determined, but he could not reveal it at this time and the investigation is continuing. 

Yoder said a motion for the death penalty has not been filed at this time.  Hawkins had a first appearance in Harvey County district court on Friday and he was being held on a bond of $2.5 million. 

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The man suspected of killing a Newton mother and her 4-year-old daughter has been returned to Kansas authorities following his capture in Texas.

Newton Police were called to a home shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday where they found 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and her daughter, 4-year-old Zaylynn Paz dead inside.  Runyon had reportedly been strangled while her daughter had been stabbed.

Police quickly identified 19-year-old Keith Hawkins as a suspect in their deaths.  He was captured in Williamson County, Texas following a high speed chase with police there.

Authorities in Texas waved charges against him and placed him in the custody of Kansas authorities Friday morning to return him to Harvey County.  He's been booked into jail on charges of capital murder and first-degree murder.

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