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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 4:30 am

BELTON — Defense lawyers said Darrell Wayne Parker — who confessed to killing his mother and stepfather during trial testimony and earlier to police — will appeal his Wednesday conviction of capital murder charges.

A Bell County jury sentenced Parker, 43, to life in prison without parole.

The jury, composed of nine women and three men, took about 30 minutes to reach the verdict in the 426th District Court trial where Parker faced charges of killing his stepfather, Charles Youngblood, by shooting him in the head and then turning the gun on his mother, Catherine Youngblood, on Jan. 10, 2013.

Judge Fancy Jezek told Parker he could appeal the conviction, which defense lawyers said he would do.

Assistant District Attorney Shelly Strimple said that even though Parker can go through the appeal process, she does not expect to see another trial.

“A heinous crime of this magnitude and leaving the bodies for days deserves a very harsh punishment,” Strimple said. “He doesn’t want to accept the punishment.”

Parker pleaded not guilty to the charge Monday, but confessed to the deaths while he was on the witness stand Tuesday.

Parker said he had a contentious relationship with his stepfather.

Parker began living with his stepfather when he was 5 or 6 years old.

Following an altercation with his stepfather, he took a .38-caliber revolver and shot his stepfather, then his mother, he testified.

The defense team, led by Robert “Buck” Harris, in closing arguments said it was impossible to know what Parker’s intent was as tensions escalated in the Youngbloods’ home.

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