“Please Jesus, please Jesus, please forgive me. Please forgive me in the name of Jesus,” Kody Lott said.
Prosecutors said Kody Lott was begging for forgiveness and mercy as he sat handcuffed in the back of a patrol car moments after being arrested by Wichita Falls police.
The defense argued it is difficult to make out what Lott was saying.
The judge in the Kody Lott trial told jurors to prepare for deliberation on a verdict as soon as Wednesday.
Kody Lott’s defense team started calling witnesses Monday afternoon as his murder and aggravated assault trial continues in Fort Worth.
The state rested after calling several witnesses Monday morning, but not before jurors heard from the Wichita County Jail Administrator who testified regarding the jail house phone call Kody Lott made to his stepdad and mother—on the day of his arrest.
“Did you do it?” Lott’s father asked.
“I confessed to it, yeah,” Lott said.
“Did you do it?” he asked again.
“Yeah, I, I did it,” Lott said.
“Why?” Lott’s father asked
“I don’t know,” Lott said.
“Did you do it or did you just confess to it?”Lott’s father asked.
“I did it,” Lott said.
“How did you do that?” he asked.
“I just did it—I don’t know,” Lott said.
The call continues with Lott explaining to his parents that was all he was calling about.
His mom then responded by saying “You just messed up your whole life.”
Lott responded by saying it was already messed up.
At that point, his mother said “Have fun in jail.” for the rest of your life.
Lott’s defense attorney David Bost told jurors during his opening statement that they find Lott not guilty by reason of insanity.
“I hope he doesn’t get insanity,” Barbara Blevins who traveled from Wichita Falls for the trial said. “I hope, I would like to see him go to prison for the rest of his life.”
The first witness called by the defense was Austin based psychiatrist Brian Falls who evaluated Lott on two occasions for a period of seven hours.
The psychiatrist said he looked at all of Lott’s mental health records including from a Houston in-patient substance abuse facility Lott was in before the alleged crime.
He believes Lott has a serious mental illness called Schizoaffective disorder that can cause hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech and catatonic behavior.
People who have this must possess these signs for more than six months to be diagnosed.
The psychiatrist said Lott was delusional and was suffering from hallucinations. Falls said Lott told him he killed Landavazo because she was an angel who couldn’t actually die, so he worked with the devil and sacrificed his own freedom and killed her.