SECTION 1. Section 13 of chapter 38 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:-
"After investigation or examination by the office, the body shall be released to the person with the proper legal authority to receive it, including the surviving spouse, the next of kin if such person is aged 18 years old or older, or any family member or friend of the deceased, who shall have priority in the order named herein; provided, however, that any named person charged with or convicted of an offense which resulted in the death of the deceased, such person shall be skipped in the order of priority; provided further that such person shall be disqualified from acting as executor of the estate of the deceased."
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