Brent Marsh, convicted in Tri-State crematory case, released after serving 12 years in prison

Former crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh, left, appeares in court for arraignment Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, in LaFayette, Ga., with his attorney Ken Poston. Lisa Cash, far right, watches the proceedings from the gallery. Marsh pleaded not guilty to 122 counts of burial service fraud and 47 counts of making false statements. Marsh, accused of dumping decaying bodies around his family business, faces multiple counts of burial service fraud, making false statements, abuse of a dead body and theft. He remains free on bond. Staff File Photo

Ray Brent Marsh, who was convicted of tossing bodies into buildings, holes and leaving them in their caskets when he was the director of a crematory in Walker County, was released from prison this morning.

Marsh's attorney, McCracken Poston, said the 43-year-old man is well and is in good spirits ready to reunite with his 14-year-old daughter and mother.

"Brent has had a very good attitude," Poston said. "He asks that the community leave him alone and he asks the community to forgive him."

Fourteen years ago, the case sparked an international story when more than 300 bodies were found on Marsh's family property, leading to sweeping changes in the way the nation regulates crematories.

Police and prosecutors didn't initially know what to charge Marsh for and desecration of a body wasn't a felony in Georgia.