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Killer sentenced to 75 years after jury rejects “sleepwalking” defense

November 8, 2019 

A Houston husband who murdered his wife and claimed he was “sleepwalking” when he shot her six times was sentenced Friday to 75 years in prison, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.

Raymond Gene Lazarine, 67, fatally shot Deborah Lazarine, his wife of 35 years on December 18, 2013.

Testimony during the week-long trial showed Raymond Lazarine had a long history of verbally and physically abusing his wife.

Lazarine’s attorneys tried to persuade jurors that he was sleepwalking when he killed his wife and had no memory of the incident.

Prosecutors showed that he abused his wife and children, including repeatedly threatening to kill them.

Lazarine’s adult children testified that their father was constantly drunk and abusive while they were growing up. They testified that they still fear him and worry that he’ll kill them if he were released.

Trial Division Chief Sean Teare said the jury made the right decision.

“This is an individual who has terrorized a family for years. This was a horrific murder with no justification,” Teare said. “There is no mitigation and there’s nothing in this defendant’s past or future that means he’ll ever be a productive member of society.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jamie Burro and Megan Long.

Lazarine will be eligible for parole when he is 97-years old.