Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dustin Hilt convicted of killing Keighley Ann Alyea

Posted by on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 3:00 AM

click to enlarge On Wednesday, a jury found Dustin Hilt guilty of killing Keighley Ann Alyea.
  • On Wednesday, a jury found Dustin Hilt guilty of killing Keighley Ann Alyea.

A jury has convicted Dustin Hilt of killing his ex-girlfriend, Keighley Ann Alyea.

The jury returned the verdict on Wednesday, convicting Hilt of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

Hilt, 18, was the first of three men to be tried in the murder of 18-year-old Alyea. Also awaiting trial are Gerald

Calbeck, 18, and Joseph Mattox, 22.

Alyea disappeared in the early hours of September 30, 2009. Her body was

found

October 5 in a farm field in Cass County, Missouri.

Hilt,

Mattox and Calbeck allegedly beat Alyea, who begged for her life, so

severely that they thought she was dead. Then they allegedly stuffed her

body in the trunk of a car and drove to

rural Cass County to dump her body. But Alyea

started hitting the

trunk and calling for help.

click to enlarge Authorities believe Keighley Ann Alyea confronted Dustin Hilt about sleeping with her stepsister just hours before she was killed.
  • Authorities believe Keighley Ann Alyea confronted Dustin Hilt about sleeping with her stepsister just hours before she was killed.
After hearing the pounding, the men

stopped and asked her if she'd tell on them. She promised not to and

begged them to take her to a hospital. Alyea was stabbed about 30 times.

The Kansas City Star reports that Alyea confronted Hilt about sleeping

with her stepsister. She was dead hours later. Hilt's defense attorney,

Paul Cramm, claimed Hilt witnessed Alyea's killing but didn't

participate. Cramm reportedly claimed that Hilt screamed at Mattox and

Calbeck to stop beating Alyea. Mattox allegedly beat Alyea with a car

jack handle Hilt supposedly didn't tell authorities because he feared

Mattox, his cousin.



Hilt was

reportedly Alyea's ex-boyfriend, and their relationship was

allegedly abusive. Hilt and Alyea had each other's names tattooed

on their bodies, but Alyea's father had said Hilt's name would be removed

before Alyea's funeral.


Hilt's sentencing is scheduled for July 13.

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