MOORHEAD — A trial date has been scheduled in the case of a woman accused in connection with the killing of a missing North Dakota man in 2018.
Kayla Louise Westcott appeared Friday, Oct. 11, in Clay County District Court where attorneys slated a two and a half week trial in February 2019.
Westcott, 36, is charged with one count of second-degree aiding and abetting a murder with intent, but not premeditation, in the May 2018 killing of Troy Yarbrough, a missing Wahpeton, N.D., man.
Jason Charles Jensen, Westcott’s co-defendant, pleaded guilty to the same charge Westcott faces and was sentenced in June to more than 38 years in prison.
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At his sentencing, Jensen said Westcott killed Yarbrough, but acknowledged he helped dispose of the body.
Jensen said he and Westcott picked up Yarbrough the weekend of May 19, 2018, and that the three of them were in a shed on Jensen’s Hitterdal, Minn., farmstead when he saw Westcott hit Yarbrough with a cinder block.
Jensen said Westcott later struck Yarbrough with an ax after they found he was still alive. Yarbrough’s remains were discovered at the farmstead.
Westcott has provided a different version of events. She told authorities that Jensen attacked Yarbrough, according to charging documents.
At Friday’s court hearing, Judge Tammy Merkins denied the defense’s motion to reconsider an earlier ruling that said Westcott can face an enhanced sentence if she’s found guilty in this case.