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Bobo family 'disappointed' in killed bill that allows victims' photos in court

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They packed a house committee hearing to fight and change the law that would allow a photo of a victim into the murder trial. They packed a house committee hearing to fight and change the law that would allow a photo of a victim into the murder trial.
Even the heartbroken Bobo family now moves painfully onto the road for justice. Even the heartbroken Bobo family now moves painfully onto the road for justice.
"I am very disappointed that's it's going to summer study and just want to let everyone know speaking for myself and everyone here we will continue to fight," said Karen Bobo. "I am very disappointed that's it's going to summer study and just want to let everyone know speaking for myself and everyone here we will continue to fight," said Karen Bobo.

(WMC-TV) - For the first time since investigators named a suspect in the disappearance of Holly Bobo, the family said publicly they are not only fighting for justice themselves but for other murder victims across the state.

They packed a room in Nashville with families of other murder victims hoping for a change in the law. They filled every seat; victims' family members carried a cherished photo of a murder victim who will never take a picture again.

They packed a house committee hearing to fight and change the law that would allow a photo of a victim into the murder trial.

Davidson County district attorney candidate Rob McGuire calls it more than an emotional plea.

"I've tried over 30 first-degree murder cases, and I've used the picture of the victim in every one of them because it's vital for the families, it's vital for our communities, it's vital for public safety," he said.

But some of the lawyers on this committee think the law is unconstitutional and would simply lead to convictions being overturned.

"I see no real alternative for the Supreme Court once it got to their level, once the case was prosecuted and taken up, and appealed on that issue ... The way it's presented I see no alternative for the court but to throw that out," said Tenn. Rep. Vance Dennis Savannah.

The committee killed the bill this week and sent it to summer study. A half dozen district attorneys were at the meeting in Nashville vowing to bring this issue up next year and get it passed.

Even the heartbroken Bobo family now moves painfully onto the road for justice.

"I am very disappointed that's it's going to summer study and just want to let everyone know speaking for myself and everyone here we will continue to fight," said Karen Bobo.

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