In less than an hour, the jury reached a verdict in the murder trial of Taylor Parker, a woman accused of killing an expectant mother and cutting her unborn child from her womb.
On Oct. 9, 2020, Parker was convicted for the murder of 21-year-old Reagan Hancock and the kidnapping of her unborn child, Braxlynn Sage.
During the gruesome trial over the past several weeks, the jury heard testimonies from a number of people including Parker’s boyfriend at the time.
During closing arguments on Monday, Oct. 3, the prosecution said the motive was clear that Parker intended to murder Hancock and steal and kidnap the baby girl from her womb. Parker methodically planned a fake pregnancy to keep then boyfriend, Wade Griffin, and to also prove to any doubters that her pregnancy was real.
The defense argued that the baby was not alive and that does not constitute as a live human being. Therefore, it was not a legal kidnapping, which would enhance the murder charge to capital murder.
Once closing arguments wrapped up and the jury began its deliberations; returning a guilty verdict in less than an hour.
Parker now faces the death penalty when sentencing begins on Oct. 12.