Kody Lott’s attorneys file motion for new trial

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The attorneys for convicted murderer Kody Lott have filed a motion for a new trial.

Lott was found guilty by a jury in Tarrant County in September after a very short deliberation.

In an even shorter time period, the next day the jury gave Lott life in prison for the murder of McNiel student Lauran Landavazo.

He was also given 20-years for the shooting of her friend Makayla Smith.

The motion states the verdict and sentence were contrary to the law and evidence and that the evidence was insufficient to justify the verdict and sentence.

The defense maintains the verdicts were obtained using inadmissible evidence.

Lott’s attorneys tried to have key evidence like the gun Lott used and the vehicle he was in, ruled inadmissible and said they were seized without due process. 

They maintained his confession should not be admissible.  

Judge Bob Brotherton denied the motions ruling all evidence was obtained legally and Lott was advised of his rights by police interrogators. 

Defense attorneys also failed in their effort to get a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

The motion for a new trial was filed Tuesday by Chief Public Defender James Rasmussen and Assistant Public Defender Melvin Horany.

Lott remains in the Wichita County Jail during his initial appeal filing period which will first go back to the trial court.

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