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Accused Spouses Could Lose Next-Of-Kin Rights In Domestic Murders

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering legislation that would strip a person accused of killing their spouse legal rights to the body.

The measure comes after Kyle Alleyne of Framingham initially refused to release the body of his 19-year-old wife Heather, who he is accused of killing last year.

The bill's co-sponsor, State Sen. Karen Spilka, said the victim's parents had to fight to get their daughter buried.

"No family should go through anything that Heather Alleyne's family went through," Spilka said.

The bill would give the victim's parents or next-of-kin rights of the body.

This program aired on March 29, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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