Courts & Crime

Three men charged in Kansas Alyea death case

Keighley Ann Alyea begged for her life, police testified Tuesday, but her killers took it anyway.

The 18-year-old from Overland Park died last year of about 30 stab wounds, multiple blunt injuries and a fractured skull, according to testimony Tuesday.

After hearing evidence for more than eight hours in the murder, a Johnson County District judge took just seconds to find probable cause to support murder charges against three men.

Dustin Hilt, 18, of Shawnee; Gerald "Scott" Calbeck, 19, of Merriam; and Joseph Mattox, 22, of Overland Park pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

Alyea was killed in the early morning hours of Sept. 30 after she picked up her former boyfriend, Hilt. Police found her body days later in a Cass County field.

Statements from Mattox and Calbeck, cell phone records and DNA evidence broke the case, according to police testimony.

But police said it was unclear whether the killing was planned from the start.

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