Officials say Steve Parsons ingested cyanide after the guilty verdict was read…
Looks like Steve Parsons had an exit strategy. Not long after being found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage girl, the 48-year-old Missouri man popped a cyanide pill and departed Earth.
A man apparently committed suicide just moments after he was convicted of sodomizing a 14-year-old girl. A coroner’s report and witness accounts indicate that Steve Parsons, 48, of Maryville, Mo., swallowed a cyanide pill inside the courtroom on Thursday just after a jury pronounced him guilty of statutory sodomy, according to KCTV. Minutes later, he was “convulsing” and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“It’s not common to see someone just fall over dead in the courtroom even though they’ve just been found guilty of a crime,” Sheriff Darrin White, who was in the courtroom when the verdict was read, told Fox4KC. Parsons placed an overnight delivery of cyanide on June 25, authorities told the St Joseph Post. The preliminary coroner’s report “found evidence of cyanide poisoning,” according to the Post.