Newton double murder suspect held on $2.5 million bond

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Scene in Hutto, Texas, where Keith Hawkins was taken into custody. Scene in Hutto, Texas, where Keith Hawkins was taken into custody.

The suspect in Tuesday's deaths of a Newton mother and her 4-year-old daughter has been released from a Texas jail and returned to Kansas to face charges. 

Keith Lane Hawkins was jailed Friday afternoon in Harvey County. County Attorney David Yoder said Hawkins is charged with two counts of premeditated first-degree murder and one count of capital murder. His bond was set at $2.5 million.

Yoder said his office has not filed a motion to seek the death penalty, but he said it is still on the table. 

Authorities say 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and daughter Zaylynn Paz were found dead shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday by Runyon's ex-boyfriend in bedrooms in the victims' duplex. Police said the girl had been fatally stabbed and that her mother strangled.

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Hawkins was arrested at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hutto, Texas. Hutto Police Chief Byron Franklin said his officers were waiting to apprehend Hawkins, who was spotted near his sister's home in another town just a few miles down the road. He was driving Runyon's vehicle. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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