Tennessee Supreme Court upholds crematory verdict

Tennessee Supreme Court upholds crematory verdict

September 22nd, 2012 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

GBI workers collect human remains from the property of Brent Marsh who lives near the Tri State Crematory Wednesday Feb. 20, 2002 in Noble, Ga.

GBI workers collect human remains from the property...

Photo by Kathleen Cole

The Tennessee Supreme Court upheld a verdict Friday against a Georgia crematory worker who dumped at least 230 bodies instead of cremating them.

Brent Marsh was working at the Tri-State Crematory in Noble, Ga., in 2002 when authorities discovered he was dumping or burying bodies across the property instead of cremating them.

Rondal Akers Jr. and Lucinda Akers, who sent their son's body to the Tri-State Crematory for cremation, sued Marsh for intentional infliction of emotional distress and claims under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act.

A jury awarded Rondal Akers $275,000 and Lucinda Akers $475,000.

The Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the jury's verdict.


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