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Former Tennessee Titans scout accused of poisoning pregnant girlfriend to death faces potential life sentence

A former Tennessee Titans scout accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend made his first court appearance Wednesday as the district attorney seeks a life sentence.

Blaise Taylor, 27, is accused of poisoning his girlfriend Jade Benning and killing her and her unborn child.

U.S. Marshals arrested Taylor in Utah, where he is facing charges from Nashville police. Taylor previously worked for the Tennessee Titans.

Taylor was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of the fetus. Taylor is believed to be the child’s father.

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Blaze Taylor, 27, was arrested in Utah on two counts of first-degree murder after killing his girlfriend Jade Benning and her unborn child with poison. (Jade Benning’s family and the Nashville Metro Police Department)

On February 25, 2023, Benning was rushed to the hospital after Taylor called 911 claiming he was having an allergic reaction. As ESPN points out, she was unable to speak to police before her death because her condition quickly became critical.

Benning was five months pregnant at the time. Her baby died on February 27, and Benning died on March 6, her 25th birthday. The alleged incident occurred in Nashville.

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On Wednesday, he appeared in court in Nashville via video conference. Fox 17 News obtained a notice of intent from the District Attorney’s Office that they will pursue a sentence of life without parole for Taylor.

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Former Tennessee Titans scout Blaze Taylor was arrested in Utah last week on suspicion of Jade Benning’s death and the death of her unborn child, Ivy. Ms. Benning was 5 months old when she died. (Jade Benning’s family)

The prosecutor’s office indicted Taylor on behalf of the state of Tennessee and said the murder was committed intentionally, aided, directed, or aided by the defendant.

Taylor worked for the Tennessee Titans as a scout from 2019 to 2023, the team confirmed to FOX 17 News. His bail hearing is scheduled for April 15th.

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Jade Benning died on her 25th birthday after being allegedly poisoned by her boyfriend. (Jade Benning’s family)

According to Benning’s obituary, she spent her career working as head pastry chef at Mirabellous Table, chef at Ernest Bar & Hideaway and at JTB Eatery, a catering business in Nashville.

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“To know Jade was to love her. She had a smile that lit up a room, a contagious laugh, and a heart that loved everyone,” her obituary said.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the district attorney for comment.

FOX News’ Ryan Mollick contributed to this report.

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