Cherokee County man pleads guilty to two counts of first-degree murder

COLUMBUS, Kan. — A Cherokee County man pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree premeditated murder for the deaths of two individuals in 2020, said Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Mark Hopkins II, 30, of Columbus, entered a guilty plea in Cherokee County District Court.

Senior Judge Robert Fleming accepted the plea and set sentencing for December 27.

Hopkins is accused of shooting and killing Blaze Shank and Kylan Shook in Cherokee County in June 2020.

The case was investigated by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Related charges against another defendant remains pending.

To view our previous story on this case, click here.