Missouri Man Commits Suicide In Court After Sex Conviction

By: CBS News (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: CBS News (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(CBS/AP) MARYVILLE, Mo. - Authorities say a 48-year-old northwest Missouri man apparently committed suicide in court Thursday by swallowing a pill upon being convicted of sodomy, reports CBS affiliate KCTV.

According to the station, Steve Parsons was convicted of molesting a 14-year-old, and moments later he threw his head back, arched his back and had a seizure.

The station reports Parsons apparently swallowed a cyanide pill. He died at the hospital.

Sources told KCTV that authorities believe Parsons had the pill in his mouth when he entered the courtroom; the pill went undetected by courthouse security.

KCTV reports Sheriff Darren White said Parsons took a drink from a cup he was allowed to bring into the courtroom during jury deliberations.

A search of Parson's home and car revealed he had ordered cyanide to be shipped to his home, reports KCTV.

Parsons, a business owner, was reportedly arrested in July 2011 and charged with two felony counts of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

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