Relatives of people buried at cemetery to speak

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Relatives of three people buried at a Tennessee cemetery accused of mishandling bodies plan to address the media.

The Cochran Law Firm in Memphis says relatives of Marshall Howard, Hattie Mae Simmons and Marques Whitley will speak about alleged misconduct at Galilee Memorial Gardens on Tuesday.

The cemetery’s owner, Jemar Lambert, was arrested Jan. 24 on charges that three bodies were buried in the same grave without permission. He has a court hearing Tuesday.

In a separate case, Lambert was indicted last year on charges that he sold burial plots to families on adjacent land not owned by the cemetery.

Lambert is being sued by relatives of two other people buried at Galilee who claim he operated without a valid license and misplaced or lost track of buried remains.