A funeral home in Cleveland, Tenn., is paying a $1,000 fine for forging the medical examiner's name on a death certificate in a murder case.
Dr. Emily Dennison filed a complaint in December alleging Companion Funeral and Cremation Service forged her name and filed an altered death certificate for Tyler Andrew Worth.
The 25-year-old Cleveland resident was shot to death in October and his body dumped in a ravine in Polk County, Tenn. At a preliminary hearing earlier this month, his accused killer's wife testified about Worth's death.
Companion and its operator could have lost their licenses over what the Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers called a "serious violation of the rules of professional conduct."
But the board withheld the most serious punishment when Companion operator H. Robert Cody Jr. said the firm was actually trying to do a good deed by getting the death certificate to the family quickly.