Advocates for showing murder victims photos in court gather at state capitol
In many Tennessee murder trials, the jury only sees autopsy photos and a gruesome crime scene. Dozens of murder victims' loved ones packed Nashville's Legislative Plaza Wednesday, supporting a bill to allow a living picture of the victim to be shown during trial.
It was a disappointing day for the bill's supporters after the House Civil Justice Committee decided to move the bill to a summer study session Wednesday afternoon.
Chattanooga mother, Carol Daugherty, traveled to the state Capitol to support the victim life photo bill in honor of her daughter, Carrie. Wednesday marked the sixth anniversary of Carrie's murder.
Her mother proudly wore pink and carried a picture of her daughter, holding it up as the lawmakers discussed the bill.
The room was packed with other murder victims' loved ones from across the state, including Holly Bobo's family.
Carol said she was there for Carrie, and for all the other families who will endure the same heartache.
"At the very least they should be seen," she said. "It's just the right thing to do."
Critics of the bill argue the bill could jeopardize the entire outcome of the trial, along with current judicial rules that are already in place. Judges often rule that a living photo of the victim is not relevant when presenting the facts of the case.