WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) -The parents of a 13-year-old Wichita Falls girl shot and killed while walking home from school in 2016 are urging lawmakers in Austin to pass Lauren’s Law.
They went before a Texas House Committee Monday afternoon and will go before another committee Tuesday.
The bills would change Capital Murder laws, specifically when it comes to the murder of a child.
Right now,if convicted in Texas, an adult can face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if they kill a child under 10. House Bill 261 would change that to any child under 15 years old.
Kody Lott was sentenced to life in prison last year for the murder of Lauren Landavazo, a McNiel Middle School student.
Lauren's father, Vern, told the house committee Monday that when Lott, 23, is 50 he will be eligible for parole.
Vern said true justice would mean that Lott, never walks the streets again.
HB261 is still pending, the Landavazo’s will go before a Texas Senate committee Tuesday to push for a similar bill.