Lauren Sarene Key, playing house under the dining table.
Lauren was murdered by her biological father 11/8/2000.
September 18, 2015
On May 13 of this year, a jury found Cameron John Brown guilty of first degree murder in the cliff death of his four-year-old daughter, Lauren Sarene Key. The jury also found true the special circumstances of lying in wait and murder for financial gain. The prosecution argued that Brown hated Lauren's mother, Sarah Key-Marer, and killed his daughter to avoid paying over $1,000 a month in child support. At trial, Brown's defense claimed Lauren slipped and fell off the 120 ft cliff.
Brown was arrested three years after Lauren's death. Because of the special circumstances allegations, Brown was denied bail and remained in LA County Sheriff's custody ever since.
Almost fifteen years after Lauren's death and three trials, Brown will be sentenced today by Judge Lomeli in Dept. 107. The sentencing hearing is basically a formality since the sentence, life without the possibility of parole, is written into California's sentencing laws.
T&T started covering the Brown case in May 2008, attending most of the second trial and all of the third. I will try to have a report up on the sentencing later tonight.
In the afternoon, there is another pretrial hearing in the Lonnie Franklin, Jr. case. I hope to have my notes up on the Franklin September 14 hearing, and today's hearing, over the weekend. On September 14, DDA Beth Silverman informed the court they would be filing a 1050 [motion to continue] based on the large amount of discovery the defense turned over, just one month before the scheduled start of the trial on October 14.