TACONY Stacey Newkirk, the Tacony woman charged with murdering her 1-year-old twins last year, was convicted of two counts of third-degree murder Monday afternoon and sentenced to life in prison.
Prosecutors said the 42-year-old Newkirk poisoned her children in a rage after learning that her husband, Ron Smalls, was having an affair with her daughter from a previous marriage.
Newkirk was arrested last May after Smalls found the couple's twins, Adam and Eve, dead at their Ditman Street home.
At Monday's bench trial, with Judge Jeffrey Minehart presiding, Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim said Newkirk left notes detailing the crime near the children's bodies and admitted to police that she poisoned the children with sleeping pills. She told police that she drowned one of the twins and smothered the other.