Family of Texas City woman accused of husband’s murder push for new law on rights to remains

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – In late November, Crystal Patterson, 36, was allegedly stabbed to death by her estranged husband, Brian Miller while working at a convenience store in Texas City.

Crystal’s sister Myriha Patterson explains: “We wanted to be able to get in right away, say goodbye to my sister and put her body to rest instead of leaving her on the ice for as long as he decided,” Myriha said. Crystal’s older sister Patterson explains.

After receiving the sad news, Myriha and Crystal’s mother, Cyndi Bares, went to the Texas city to make funeral plans but were told they couldn’t.

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“When we got to the funeral home, the director told me I couldn’t sign the papers to take her body away from the coroner, that (Miller) would have to do it because he was married to her. Of course, my reaction was Bares explaining: “Are you kidding me? He was the one who killed her,” Bares explained.

Even in these cases, the Texas Health and Safety Code still applies.

ABC13 legal analyst Steve Shellist explains: “If nothing is written out instructing someone what to do, the next person is that person’s spouse.

The family has started a petition in hopes of creating the Law of the Crystal, so that if a person is accused of murdering their spouse, they will no longer have rights to the body and the burial process.

“If you kill your spouse, then you have absolutely no right to make any decisions about what happens to their remains. That’s ridiculous. I’m surprised it hasn’t been. law,” Bares said.

The law can’t be black and white, Shellist said, but is probably written in such a way that a family in this situation could ask a judge for a hearing to try to get rights.

Shellist said: “I think it would be wise and fair if there was something in the statute that addresses this issue more equitably, and provides a process for a family to have an immediate resolution after a short period of time. some hearing.

As this family continues to mourn, they move forward in hopes of changing Crystal’s honor.

“I think it’s going to bring me peace and Crystal will live through it. Because of what happened to her, we’re going to try to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else,” Bares said.

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