Landavazo Family presents Lauren’s Law at Texas State Capitol

Updated: Apr. 3, 2019 at 7:28 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Wednesday was a big day for a Wichita Falls family who have been fighting for justice since the murder of their 13 year old daughter.

A bill, dubbed Lauren’s Law has been introduced in the Texas House and Senate.

Kody Lott was sentenced to life in prison last year for the murder of Lauren Landavazo, a McNiel Middle School student.

Vern and Bianka Landavazo have been in Austin all week. They went before a Texas House Committee Monday afternoon and a Texas Senate Committee Wednesday.

After sharing their passion behind the bill, Vern and Bianka got the nod Wednesday from the committee that when put to a vote, Senate Bill 719 will pass the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.

Rep. James Frank filed Texas House Bill 261 and Texas Senator Pat Fallon filed SB 719.

The bills would change Texas Capital Murder laws, specifically when it comes to the murder of a child.

Right now, an adult can face the death penalty or life in prison without parole if they kill a child under age 10.

Laurens Law would raise the age of a protected child to 14.

“We knew she was was going to make an impact in the world, there was something different about her. We never in our wildest dreams imagined that it would be this way,” said Vern Landavazo. “We had many hopes and dreams for Lauren, none of the things we had ever planned for her was to fight for justice.”

Texas Senator Pat Fallon said Lott will be eligible for parole in 28 years.

“We need to ensure somebody like this never harms another child again. This law will not affect this monster but will affect others." said Texas Senator Pat Fallon

After the bill comes out of the committee it will move to the Senate floor for debate and a possible vote.

HB261 is still pending.

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