LOS ANGELES – A former member of Charles Manson’s murderous cult is expected to get a court hearing to evaluate the role of her young age in the killing of a California couple four decades ago.
Leslie Van Houten is not expected to attend the hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday.
The 68-year-old is serving a life sentence at the California Institution for Women.
A recent change in California law enables those who committed crimes when they were less than 23 years old to seek a hearing and for these issues to be later discussed at a parole hearing.
Van Houten was 19 when she stabbed to death Leno and Rosemary La Bianca in 1969 with fellow cult members.