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Bobo family joins others in pushing for victims' photos bill

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The family of Holly Bobo is speaking out publicly for the first time since a suspect was named in the young nursing student's disappearance and death.

They're not only fighting for justice for Bobo but for murder victims across the state.

The Bobos joined dozens of other families of murder victims to fill a legislative committee room Tuesday, as state lawmakers considered a bill that would allow victims' photos to be shown in their murder trials.

In Tennessee, it's currently up to a judge whether to allow a victim's photo to be shown during murder trials, and that can be a real source of agony for families.

And the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld an appeals court ruling that said photographs of murder victims "have the potential to undermine and place in jeopardy the outcome of the entire judicial proceedings."

Now, there is a strong desire from the grieving families to change that law.

Davidson County District Attorney General candidate Rob McGuire said this is more than an emotional plea. This is legally sound.

"It is absurd to say the pictures of murder victims are irrelevant in their murder trials," he said.

But the two lawyers on the committee think the proposed law change is unconstitutional and would simply lead to convictions being overturned.

In the end, the bill was effectively killed for the session and sent to summer study.

Now the Bobos move painfully onto the road for justice.

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

A half dozen DAs in attendance Tuesday vowed to bring the issue back again next year.

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