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Nevada man pleads guilty for his role in double murder

Garrett Mason Garrett Mason
Leviathon Dipman Leviathon Dipman

Updated March 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM CST:  A Nevada, Missouri man has plead guilty to second degree assault for his role in a double murder.

Levi Dipman will serve a suspended sentence of three years probation for his part in the stabbing deaths of Annie Reed and Kylie Leyva.

The two girls were killed in Nevada by Garrett Mason in May 2009.  Mason pleaded guilty last March to two counts of second degree murder.  He was sentenced to life on each account.

According to court documents Dipman helped Mason plan the murder.

Updated March 7, 2011 at 1:30 PM CST:  In a court appearance this afternoon Garrett Mason pled guilty to 2nd degree murder of two Nevada teenagers.

Mason admitted killing classmates Kylie Leyva and Annie Reed in May 2009.

Mason was sentenced to life in prison.

Last month a second man, Levi Dipman, was also charged for their deaths.

Updated February 22, 2011 at 5:10 PM CST:  A second man charged with the double murder of two Nevada teenagers pleads not guilty in the case.

Police have now charged Levi Dipman with two counts of first degree murder for the May 2009 deaths of Kylie Leyva and Annie Reed.

We spoke to Dipman's father today and he says his son could not have committed first degree murder.

"It took almost two years to charge him in this with no real new evidence and it raises questions in our mind as to what they have," says Ed Dipman.

Ed Dipman says his son, Levi, was a typical teenager and even though he had his problems just like all kids, there's no way he did this.

"He did get involved in some things he shouldn't have - murder is not one of them," Dipman says.

But police say they have an informant who came forward in the case and they never stopped investigating after the arrest of the first suspect.

"The police never give up on any case like this," says Nevada Police Chief Graham Burnley.  "If anyone has any personal involvement in this case we want to take them into custody as well."

According to court documents Levi Dipman along with Garrett Mason and another man discussed killing Leyva and Reed.

Police say the men discussed taking a "butcher knife" to kill the girls and Dipman allegedly said "kill them, cut them and make their blood decorate the walls."

"We firmly believe that Levi is innocent," says his father, Ed Dipman.  "They have no murder weapon.  They have no way to tie him to that case.  To the best of our knowledge and to Levi's sworn statements as well as eye witnesses he has alibi's that could place him at a minimum of four to nine blocks away from the murders at the time the murders were committed."

The chief says he wishes someone would have called police before the crime happened.

"If anyone would have called the police to stop this act that would have been a better option for those poor girls and their families that are still suffering," says Chief Burnley.

But Dipman's father says they believe the informant is a known liar and he says the family questions what evidence there is in the case.  The family believes it was Garrett Mason alone who committed the murder.

"If that's the case then I want my son free and I want him free now," Ed Dipman says.  "I believe he's innocent and if he's innocent then he's being wrongly held."

Levi Dipman is scheduled to be back in court at the end of March.

Mason is set for a court hearing on March 7.  His case was moved to Jasper County on a change of venue.

Updated February 22, 2011 at 12:20 PM CST:  Court documents show a second suspect charged in a two year old murder case talked about the crime before it happened.

On May 25, 2009 Kylie Leyva, 14, and Annie Reed, 18 were stabbed to death in Nevada, Missouri.

The next day a classmate of the girls was charged with both murders.  Garrett Mason was 17 at the time and was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Now, Leviathon Dipman, now 20, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

According to court documents Dipman talked about the killing and specifically the murder weapon with Mason and another man.  Mason told authorities that Dipman made the comment to go kill the girls, cut them and decorate the walls with their blood.

Dipman is expected to appear before a judge this afternoon.  He is custody with bond set at $1 million.

Mason will be back in court March 7.

Posted February 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM CST:  A second man has been arrested and charged in a May 2009 double murder in Nevada, Missouri.

Leviathon Dipman is now charged with two counts of first degree murder and is being held in the Vernon County jail on a $1 million cash bond.

Two teenage girls, Annie Reed and Kylie Leyva, were found stabbed to death at Reed's home over the Memorial Day weekend in 2009.

That same day police arrested Garrett Mason and charged him with the murders.  Police say one of the girls ran to a neighbor and told witnesses that Mason stabbed her and her friend.

Until now Mason was the only one charged in the case.

A court hearing is set for Mason next month.

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