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'We want him to wake up everyday and realize what he did to our precious daughter,' Family speaks out after accused killer appears in court

Connor Scott, the man accused of killing 20-year-old Kaylyn Whitaker appeared in court Monday morning. He entered a not guilty plea. News 10 spoke with Whitaker's family on how they're feeling as justice is closer to being served.

Posted: Mar 4, 2019 6:42 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2019 6:55 PM

CLARK COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI)- A man police call a confessed killer made his case in court Monday.

Police said Connor Scott walked into a police station and confessed to killing a 20-year-old woman.

That was one week ago in Danville, Indiana.

He told officers he killed Kaylyn Whitaker back on Halloween 2014, in Martinsville, Illinois.

He's been in the Clark County Jail.

Scott waived his right to a preliminary hearing and formal arraignment and entered a not guilty plea, which sends his case to a jury trial.

Leslie Robert's is Kaylyn Whitaker's mother.

She was at Scott's court hearing Monday.

Roberts said Scott seemed to show no remorse.

She said it was difficult to even look him in the eyes.

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"I don't know what to think about that, because what he did to Kaylyn and how he ended her life, we'll never see her again. She's gone," said Roberts.

It was a difficult time for family and friends, but they said the hearing was what they've been waiting for.

"We want him to wake up every day and realize what he did to our precious daughter Kaylyn, that he'll have to wake up and realize. Slap him in the face. I'm here for a reason. I killed someone," said Roberts.

After years of waiting for answers, they're happy the full story is finally out.

"We had to sit for so long for people just thinking that she did this. All of her close friends and family, we knew, but just the people that didn't know her. We're just happy now that the true story is out, and he's finally going to you know to get what he deserves," said Jackson.

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A future without Kaylyn is one they never imagined, but they'll continue to keep her memory alive by sharing happy times.

"Always joking, and if you were sad, she always wanted to put a bright smile on your face. She'd find ways to do that. That was Kaylyn. I think her friends would say the same thing. That's why she had so many friends because she was contagious," said Roberts.

Scott remains in the Clark County Jail on a $1 million bond.

A judge set a pre-trial hearing for April 24th and a jury trial is set for May 14th.

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