Mother of Murder Victim Seeks Counseling for Jurors

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A woman whose daughter was killed and dismembered is pushing for a law that would provide post-trial counseling to jurors in cases with graphic testimony.

Sharon Cave says she was driven to help the jurors who had to view gruesome pictures of her 21-year-old daughter's dismembered body during a murder trial in January.

Colton Pitonyak was found guilty and sentenced to 55 years in prison for killing her daughter, Jennifer Cave.

The juror counseling law is sponsored by state Representative Juan Garcia.

It would codify the practice of making victim counselors from the district attorney's office available to jurors.

This already happens on an informal basis in Travis County, and in jurisdictions around the country.

Garcia says under his proposal jurors would be invited to call counselors made available by their counties' district attorneys.

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