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Verity Beck: Former teacher won’t face death penalty for alleged gruesome murders of parents

Lavinia Thompson

Seven months after her arrest for allegedly murdering and dismembering her parents, Verity Beck learned that she will not face the death penalty, according to the Associated Press (AP).

In Jan. 2023, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office released a statement alleging that 44-year-old Verity Beck, from Norristown, Pennsylvania, shot her parents in the head and then attempted to dismember them with a chain saw.

Her brother, Justin, stopped by the family home on the night of Jan. 17 out of concern after he hadn’t seen nor heard from them in a week outside of text messages, Law & Crime previously reported. He entered a grizzly scene upon discovering the bodies of his parents, 73-year-old Reid Beck and 72-year-old Miriam Beck.
Verity BeckPhoto byMontgomery County District Attorney’s Office

When Justin spoke to Verity, she said things had “been bad” at home and she needed “more time” before phoning police, but Justin did just that after leaving the home, Law & Crime says.

Still, prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty against Verity, the AP states. Assistant prosecutor Samantha Cauffman said “the required legal factors are not present in this case.” Verity, a former teacher, was found competent to stand trial after undergoing numerous mental health evaluations.

She could face life in prison if convicted, the AP adds. A motive for the crimes has yet to be unveiled.

Verity’s defense attorney, James P. Lyons, said that “we do intend to vigorously defend this case,” the AP says.

Court records obtained by True Crime Daily reveal that Verity has been charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, third-degree murder, possessing an instrument of crime, and abuse of a corpse.

Her trial has been scheduled for February, the AP says.

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