Ky. Woman Killed Husband, 2 Daughters Because She ‘Didn’t Want Them Growing Up Without a Mother’

Officers who responded to the Jan. 13, 2017, incident were met by Courtney Taylor pointing a 9 mm handgun at them, resulting in Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonas Saunders firing two shots that struck Taylor and put her in the hospital for about two weeks, reports the News Journal.

From her hospital bed, Taylor gave police a lengthy recorded statement in which she blamed her husband for spending most of a worker's compensation settlement that she'd received about six months prior to the shooting, according to a portion of the statement played during a July court hearing, reports the newspaper.

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But Taylor otherwise claimed no memory of the killings, which prosecutor Jackie Steele weighed while considering three factors that affected the decision to accept the Alford plea, reports the newspaper.

"One is the drug use, which she said she participated in [while] trying to commit suicide that day," said Steele. "Whether or not she did, I don’t know. The second thing is where she was shot twice in effectuating her arrest. Post-traumatic trauma syndrome is a possibility where there can be memory loss. Also, she had multiple surgeries and was under anesthesia for the two gunshot wounds for several days after the events, which can also cause some memory loss."

"Taking those three factors, there was a possibility that she couldn’t remember anything," said Steele. The Alford plea was an attractive option because it meant Taylor "will never walk out of prison."

Prior to her sentencing Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, Taylor entered her plea to three counts of capital murder on Feb. 19.

"This has been a long journey," defense attorney Joanne Lynch said earlier this year, according to the News Journal. "I think everyone, including Courtney, hopes that this gives everyone a sense of closure and allows people to have some peace."

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