Parents Withdraw Petition for Return of Items their Son Allegedly Used in a Murder


A federal petition, by parents of a man charged with murdering a junior high student to get property seized as evidence returned, has been withdrawn.

But the attorney for the parents says he will re-file a request for  a hearing on that property in another court.

The city and its attorney and attorney Rick Bunch have  signed off on the agreement that dismisses the federal claim.

Last September two 13-year-old girls were walking home from McNiel Junior High when police say Kody Lott shot them multiple times killing Lauren Landavazo.

Kristi-Lyn and Bryan Roland filed a complaint in federal court claiming the City violated their constitutional rights  against unreasonable seizure by confiscating two of their vehicles and weapons and ammunition.

They also alleged violation of 2nd amendment rights to keep and bear arms. The  complaint  says police seized a black pickup because it was possibly involved in the shooting.

In their petition seeking return of the property, the Roland's were also asking to be reimbursed for car payments made while their vehicles were impounded. The Roland's say that Lott didn't live with them when the shooting occurred and that Lott broke into his step-father's locked gun cabinet while they were out of town.

City assistant attorney Julia Vasquez says Bunch agreed to dismiss the claims filed in federal court against the City because the City showed  that the property was held as evidence in a criminal  case and was not property that the state planned to permanently seize.

Vasquez says when she met with attorney Bunch she said the property would not be returned  without an order from state district court that has jurisdiction in this criminal case.

She went on to say the Roland's could get the black pickup in question and some of the weapons back, once the criminal case is resolved against their son Kody, however, we spoke to Rick Bunch late today and he tells us he will re-file a request for an evidentiary hearing in state district court over the seized property, in the next day or two.


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