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Lindsey Lowe guilty in newborn twin deaths

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   March 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM   |   Comments

March 20 (UPI) -- The Tennessee woman who admitted to killing her newborn twin sons was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder Tuesday.

Lindsey Lowe, 26, was sentenced to life in prison for two counts of felony first-degree murder, felony premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse. She will be eligible for parole in 51 years -- when she will be 77 years old.

Lowe told detectives she gave birth to the two boys in her bathroom at the home in Hendersonville, Tenn., where she lived with her parents, putting a hand over the first baby's mouth until it died and then the same to his brother.

Although Lowe knew she was pregnant -- proved by her iPhone search history and admission to police -- she behaved as if she weren't. None of her friends or family, including her fiancee, knew she was pregnant.

She also knew, prosecutors said, her fiancee was not the father of the babies.

Prosecutors said Lowe's behavior indicated she had no intention of allowing the twins to interfere with her life: two days before the birth, she was a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding, and a sorority sister slept over the night before.

"I don't think it was planned for 9 months but I think it was pre-planned at the time because you don't clean up after yourself if you don't have a plan," said Ted Jones, one of the jurors. "We contemplated second degree, but we felt like because it was two infants incapable of fighting for themselves, that was pretty brutal."

Attorneys for Lowe's defense argued she was in denial about being pregnant and delusional when she killed the newborns.

Lowe declined to take the stand in her own defense, but both her father and sister testified on her behalf.

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