A Pennsylvania man on death row didn’t have much to say Tuesday morning when asked about his fate.
Dae Anderson, 27, was convicted by a Cumberland County jury in May of this year of murdering two different girlfriends – the mothers of his children – in two separate shootings. The defendant was also found guilty of murdering an unborn child because one of the women he admittedly shot was pregnant at the time.
He was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree murder of an unborn child.
According to Harrisburg, Pa. ABC affiliate WHTM, Anderson shot and killed a 23-year-old Sydney Parmelee In early July 2020 because he thought she was cheating on him. Later that same month, he shot and killed a 23-year-old man Kaylee Lyonswho had recently become pregnant. He was convinced that she would turn him over for the first kill.
The jury was also asked to determine the fate of the defendant.
The jury was deadlocked on whether the defendant should die for taking the life of Parmeee on July 5, 2020. In the end, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for this crime. As for Lyon’s death on July 30, 2020, the jury was far less equivocal.
Anderson was unanimously sentenced to death.
“We appreciate the time and effort the jury put into their verdict,” said the Cumberland County District Attorney Sean McCormack said after the jury decided Anderson’s fate on May 10, 2022. “Returning a death sentence is no easy task.”
On May 31, 2022, the defendant was previously convicted by the Cumberland County Judge Edward Guido.
During the hearing, the judge asked Anderson if he had anything to say to the victims’ families, including the children they left behind, according to a report by PennLive.com.
The accused replied: “No, sir.”
During the trial, Anderson’s defense attempted to portray each shooting as a crime of passion committed during moments of intense anger.
“The burden of proof lies with the public prosecutor’s office,” said the defense attorney Heidi Eakin said. “We concede that he fired the guns.”
Much of the testimony during the trial concerned the contours of the relationship between the two victims and the accused. A witness described their relationship as polyamorous. Eakin tried to portray it as a “love triangle” that was both “tragic and twisted.”
McCormack denied that the two women did not get along, noting that Parmelee was looking after Lyons’ child.
Parmelee was eventually killed at Lyon’s home after she and the accused escaped. But, he said, and that was key, he had already decided to spend some time with Lyon.
“The 23-year-old mother of two begged the father not to leave her,” McCormack told jurors. “Is that why the accused got angry and inflamed?”
Parmelee’s body was found slumped over an ottoman, with a purple-handled pistol near her hands.
“Sydney, I love you,” said the late woman’s friend Kalia Stallings said at a vigil in August 2020. “You were my best friend, my sister. You were my confidante, my rock and my soul.”
Anderson would later lead the young mother’s family and friends to believe that she had killed herself.
Exactly 25 days later, Lyons was killed in the same room in the same manner with a gunshot wound to the head.
Parmelee leaves behind a son and a daughter; a GoFundMe has been set up to help both. Lyon leaves a so; A GoFundMe has also been set up for him.
“There’s a void,” said Lyons’ father, Temonia Thomas, said in court during the sentencing hearing. “There is a void. There is a void. There are few people who can say they understand how I feel.”
[images: Anderson via Cumberland County Prison; Lyons and Parmelee via Cumberland Police Department]
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