Taylor Parker Sentenced to death and sent to death row

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Taylor Parker Sentenced to death
FILE - This photo provided by the Bi-State Detention Center in Texarkana, Texas, shows Taylor Parker. Parker was convicted of capital murder, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, for killing a pregnant woman to take her unborn baby. (Bi-State Detention Center via AP, File)

NEW BOSTON, Texas – A Bowie County jury Wednesday returned a sentence of death for convicted murderer Taylor Parker.

Parker’s  sentence was delivered by the jury in New Boston after  90 minutes of deliberation.

Prosecutor Kelly Crisp in closing statements brought tears to the eyes of people in the courtroom.

Parker was charged October 9th with murder of a woman and her unborn baby

Parker who is 29-years old was charged with the death of 21-year-old Reagan Hancock and her unborn baby who prosecutes said was cut from Hancock’s uterus. The baby also died.


Taylor Parker Sentenced to death

A local TV station covering the trial said that Crisp displayed a graphic picture of Hancock’s brutally murdered and cut open body lying in her and her baby’s blood. Reporters said that Crisp showed the pic without warning and that gasps could be heard in the courtroom.

The trial and sentencing phase lasted 49 days, including 25 days of testimony, 142 witnesses, some twice, and over 100 pieces of evidence.

Parker was sent to death row

John Tidwell the judge sitting on the bench for the sentencing phase ordered Parker be transferred to death row. Parker was sent to the Mountain View Correctional Unit in Gatesville, Tx.