published Friday, April 18th, 2014

TN Supreme Court rules against west Tennessee cemetery owner

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A cemetery owner charged with mishandling burials has lost his appeal of a judge's decision to revoke his bond.

According to The Commercial Appeal, the state Supreme Court has upheld a Shelby County judge's decision to revoke bond for Galilee Memorial Gardens owner Jemar Lambert.

Lambert had been out of jail on his own recognizance on a 2012 theft of property charge in connection with the Bartlett cemetery burying bodies on land it doesn't own.

In January, Lambert was charged with theft of property and abuse of a corpse on claims that multiple bodies were buried in single graves. After that, Judge Lee Coffee revoked Lambert's bond in the first case.

Lambert's lawyer appealed to the state Supreme Court after losing on the bond revocation issue in appeals court.

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