BOSTON (WWLP) - A Massachusetts family was unable to bury their daughter because her accused murderer stood in the way.
The parents of Heather Aleynne were unable to bury her in 2010 after she was found brutally murdered.
That's because the 19-year-old woman's husband, Kyle Aleynne, did not release the body. He was recently convicted of murdering Heather in February. Now Heather's parents are asking lawmakers to advance a bill that would allow a medical examiner to release a body to a next-of-kin if a spouse were accused of murdering the deceased.
"They were not able to give her the respect that she was due and being able to bury her with her family and friends around and that the person who is accused of the murder was actually the one standing in the way of justice and also of bringing some amount of peace and respect to Heather," Rep. Kate Hogan said.
After 36 days, the court eventually ruled that Heather's body should be released to her parents, but the parents say the wait was agonizing.