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Texas Man Gets Life Term For Killing Mom, Stepdad

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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

A Texas prosecutor says there are many unanswered questions about the death of a black woman whose family disputes authorities’ finding that she hanged herself in a jail cell three days after a confrontational traffic stop, and that the case is being examined as thoroughly as a murder investigation. (File photo. Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

ELTON, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2013 shooting deaths of his mother and his stepfather at their Bell County home.

A jury in Belton on Wednesday convicted Darrell Wayne Parker of capital murder. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty so the 43-year-old Little River-Academy man received an automatic life prison term without possibility of parole.

The victims were 63-year-old Cathy Youngblood and her 62-year-old husband, Chuck Youngblood.

Parker earlier this week testified that he had a contentious relationship with his stepfather and the men argued before the Jan. 10, 2013, shootings. The bodies were found a few days later after a friend asked law officers to check on the Youngbloods.

Parker had the pair’s vehicle when he was located.

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