A woman has been convicted of murder in Texas. The 29-year-old killed a 21-year-old pregnant woman in October 2020 in order to kidnap her unborn baby. As reported by the Associated Press news agency, among others, the Bowie County jury in northeast Texas took about an hour to deliberate.
On October 9, 2020, police officers discovered the young woman's body in a house in New Boston, a city with around 4,600 inhabitants, located around 260 kilometers northeast of Dallas. The defendant Taylor P. had previously cut her unborn daughter from the womb of the pregnant woman. The baby did not survive the brutal attack either.
The verdict of the jury, consisting of six men and six women, came after three weeks with sometimes cruel testimonies. The defendants' lawyers argued that the baby was never alive and therefore sought a charge of kidnapping, not murder.
On the day of the murder, a state police investigator testified at the trial, she had watched video of the physical exam of an infant who was born prematurely at 35 weeks. The later victim was also 35 weeks pregnant.
The sentence is to be announced from October 12. The public prosecutor is asking for the death penalty. However, the jury can also opt for a life sentence without parole.
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Sources: Associated Press, NBC News