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U.S. Senate advances bill on spousal murder remains

U.S. Senate advances bill on spousal murder remains
May 14, 2012
ALBANY — The state Senate on Monday voted to approve a measure that would deny anyone arrested for the murder of their spouse from having control over the victim's remains. The law would place the same prohibition on anyone who was subject to an order of protection filed by the deceased.
The law, introduced by Republican Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer and Democratic Assemblyman Robin Schimminger — both from western New York — stemmed from the case of Constance Shepherd of Tonawanda, who was murdered in 2009 by her husband. Although he was eventually convicted and sentenced to 21 years in prison, Stephen Shepherd overruled the victim's family and had his wife cremated.
The state's Public Health Law includes a list establishing who gets to decide what happens to remains after a death, with spouses and domestic partners at the top.
The bill would allow an accused spouse to seek redress from the prohibition by seeking a court order.

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