Redacted document sheds little light on Newton murders

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A Harvey County judge has released a redacted probable cause affidavit that sheds little light on the case of a mother and daughter who were murdered in Newton.

The bodies of 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and 4-year-old Zaylynn Paz were discovered in a duplex on Tuesday, August 8. Keith Hawkins was arrested later that day in Texas and is charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of first-degree murder.

The affidavit states that at around 4:45 a.m. on August 8, Greenwood County Deputy Ryan Bables was contacted in Eureka by an unidentified person who told him that two people had been stabbed to death on Roanoke or similar sounding street. The redacted document does not disclose what else the person told Deputy Bables.

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Then, just after 11:00 that morning, Runyon's ex-boyfriend went to 15 Roanoke Court in Newton and called 911. 

"He reported that there were two homicides at the address," the affidavit says.

Officers arrived to find the front door open. The body of 4-year-old Zaylynn Paz was found in a bedroom. Runyon's body was found in another bedroom. 

Police reported in August that the girl had been fatally stabbed and that her mother strangled.

The document does not state what transpired from the time Bables was contacted to when Runyon's ex-boyfriend discovered the the bodies.

Hawkins remains jailed on $2.5 million.

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