Taylor Rene Parker, 29, has been found guilty of the murder of Reagan Micelle Simmons-Hancock, 21 as well as the abduction of her victim’s baby.
Parker’s graphic murder included cutting the baby out of the womb, which killed the mother. Parker then stole the baby, who later died as well. The murder took place in the victim’s home in New Boston, Texas, back in October 2020.
According to FoxNews.com:
The jury only had to deliberate for an hour before finding Taylor Rene Parker guilty.
“That’s why in opening statements we spent so much time on definitions. You can’t kidnap a person who has not been born alive,” attorney Jeff Harrelson said in his closing argument. However, prosecutors said several medical professionals had testified that the baby had a heartbeat when she was born. Parker had beaten Simmons-Hancock’s skull multiple times with a hammer, and cut and stabbed her more than 100 times before removing her unborn baby from her womb with a scalpel.
The defendant, who faked her own pregnancy for nearly 10 months, had researched how to fake a pregnancy and watched several videos on delivering babies preterm at 35 weeks, which was how far along Simmons-Hancock was when she was killed. In the months leading up to the murder, Parker had disguised herself to look pregnant, faked ultrasounds, made social media posts alleging she was pregnant and had a gender reveal.
Parker could not conceive following her hysterectomy.
According to prosecutors, she had lied about being pregnant so her boyfriend would stay with her and told him she would be induced to deliver on the day she killed Simmons-Hancock. “In the past two weeks, the evidence has never been more clear,” Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards told the jury. “She’s a liar, a manipulator, and now she’s gonna be held accountable for it.” Richards reminded the jury of how the victim was beaten in the head at least five times with such force that the blows compressed her skull into her brain.
This story is among the most graphic murders in recent history. Reagan Micelle Simmons-Hancock had a 3-year-old daughter at the time of her murder.
Prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty, likely due to this being a murder that is among the most graphic and brutal in memory, and much of the suffering had to be endured while the victim, Simmons-Hancock, was still alive. There will be a sentencing trial that’s currently scheduled for October 12. If the death penalty is not chosen, Parker will serve life in prison.