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Man pleads guilty in killing of Kansas woman, 4-year-old girl

NEWTON, Kansas. – A homeless man who killed Kansas woman and her 4-year-old daughter pled guilty to capital murder, but not face the death penalty.

Twenty-year-old Keith Hawkins will serve life in prison without parole after entering the plea Friday. He admitted killing 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and her daughter, Zaylynn Paz, in August, at their duplex in Newton, Kansas.

Researchers have said Runyon apparently was strangled and her daughter was stung.

Hawkins, who was homeless, was visiting Runyon. He was arrested in Texas, in August.

Harvey County Attorney David’s said that the families of the victims agreed with the plea of the deal.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Hawkins was a sex offender, but his previous conviction was not placed on the public offender registry.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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