Murder victim's family wants body released

Cynthia Speight
September 16, 2011 1:48:43 PM PDT
The family of a woman, who was murdered six weeks ago, is fighting for possession of her body.

Cynthia Speight was the mother of two boys ages seven and eleven.

Her husband, 46-year-old Mark Speight, was arrested in connection with her murder.

"She was stabbed 30 times," Cynthia Speight's brother, David Barnes, explained. "That's not including the defense wounds on her arms and hands."

Barnes says he and other family members knew his sister's body would be sent to the medical examiner. However, weeks after the autopsy was complete, the law wouldn't allow the body to be cremated.

Mark Speight had the final say about Cynthia's body because he hasn't been convicted of murder. Cynthia's family says he was under psychological evaluation at Central Prison.

"I've called everybody," Barnes said. "I've called the governor's office. Nobody's never heard of anything like this. You know, it's hard to get somebody to say something or do something when nobody's never heard of it."

Attorneys and officials familiar with the Speight case say there were a number of factors that caused the usually long delay, but late Friday afternoon a release signed by Mark Speight arrived in Wilson.

Officials say her body should be released to a funeral home for cremation by Saturday.

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