House Bill in honor of Lauren Landavazo still pending

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A House Bill in honor of Lauren Landavazo is still pending after her parents spoke to a Texas House Committee Monday afternoon about changing capital murder laws.  

Last September 23-year-old Kody Lott was sentenced to life in prison for the first-degree murder of Mcniel Student, Lauren Landavazo.

Lott was also given 20 years for the shooting of her friend, Makayla Smith and will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

Under current Texas law, an adult can be convicted of capital murder and be eligible for the death penalty if the victim is under 10 years of age.

Lauren was 13-years-old when she was murdered.

Representative James Frank authored a bill in Lauren’s honor that would raise the age limit to 15.

House Bill 261 is currently in the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and the Landavazo’s also spoke at a public hearing this afternoon.

The Landavazo’s said they are not wanting to choose but want other capital punishment options like life without parole on the table for the jury.

There’s a companion bill in the Texas Senate which is sponsored by Pat Fallon.

The Landavazo’s will speak at another public hearing on that bill Tuesday.

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