Archive for Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Jury convicts Shawnee man in murder case

April 14, 2010

After a seven-day trial, a Johnson County jury Wednesday found Shawnee resident Dustin Hilt, 18, guilty of murder and several other charges in the death of Keighly Alyea of Overland Park.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced that Hilt was convicted on counts of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery connected to Alyea’s death on Sept. 30, 2009. Hilt’s sentencing was set for 1:30 p.m. July 13.

Hilt was one of three charged in the murder case. Hilt’s cousin, Joseph Mattox, 22, of Overland Park, and Gerald “Scott” Calbeck, 19, of Merriam, are each awaiting trial on the same charges.

Alyea disappeared after leaving her home to meet the three men. Her body was found several days later in a Cass County, Mo., field.

District Attorney Howe and Assistant District Attorney Vanessa Riebli tried the case on behalf of the State of Kansas. The case was investigated by the Overland Park Police Department.

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