By DEREK CHAVIN HOUSTON / Staff attorney The Texas family of the couple charged with first-class murder in the death of their 4-year-old daughter say they are relieved and grateful that the murder charge has been dropped.
Lawyers for Derek Chauvin and Lori Landon Chauvin on Friday filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the murder conviction and sentence them to life in prison without parole.
The couple, who are both 46-year old men, were arrested after authorities found their 4,000-square-foot home on Nov. 29, 2016, under a construction project.
Authorities said the couple was home with their daughter, who was born prematurely at home.
Their daughter, Kayla, died at the hands of a 5-yearold boy, according to court documents.
The boy’s name has not been released by authorities.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services also charged the couple with first degree murder in their daughter’s death, but the charge was dropped.
The Chauvins have two children and have two older daughters.
The family also said they are grateful that a judge has agreed to hear their motions and will continue to fight the charges against them.
The judge in the case has been hearing the family’s motions for more than two weeks, court records show.